CHAOSS Community: Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the CHAOSS Code of Conduct Team at All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project's leadership.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of unacceptable behavior. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received unacceptable behavior complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of CHAOSS members or the general public. We will not name victims without their affirmative consent.

The CHAOSS Code of Conduct Team will report on a yearly basis the number of incidence reports. The CHAOSS Code of Conduct Team shall consist of three members elected by the community every two years or when needed.

Who to Contact

The following people comprise the CHAOSS Code of Conduct Team and are the only recipients of

  • MaryBlessing Okolie
  • Georg Link
  • Anita Ihuman


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at and the Geek Feminism Code of Conduct, available at

Version History

  • v1.3 New members were added from a Governing Board vote in January 2024

  • v1.2 update Code of Conduct Team based on vote results on June 12, 2018

  • v1.1 proposed on April 2, 2018; accepted by CHAOSS Governing Board on May 1, 2018

    • update email address
    • change requirements for Code of Conduct team to be more inclusive
    • change to three members of the team to have a tie-breaking vote
  • v1.0 adopted through a CHAOSS Governing Board vote from February 12, 2018

  • v1.0 proposed on January 27, 2018 by the working group consisting of:
    • Alexander Serebrenik
    • Georg Link
    • Jesus M Gonzales-Barahona
    • Ray Paik
    • Sean Goggins
    • Vicky Janicki

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