Code of Conduct
These are the community guidelines for all the members of Open Constitution to avoid war and nurture peace and harmony in the community.
Members of fiscal hosts, volunteers and community members, and members from Open Constitution partner program contributing to open source research & development, organise themselves on different public forums over the Internet.
Open Constitution recognises the following platforms for open communication and public facing communication records by the community members.
Note: Linkedin, Twitter and Telegram are official broadcasting platforms, currently managed by several admins-spokesperson(s) of the Foundation, from the electorally appointed Council and Committees.
A representation of MF's Comm Systems
Let's understand how the open community members collaborate here:
According to the statutes of the Muellners Foundation, all memberships are voluntary and invite only. An existing community member can invite another member to Muellners Foundation’s open source community.
A new member may also join the Muellners Foundation memberspace using the open public invitation - JOIN COMMUNITY, on the website. The invitation is generally second authenticated by a human member of the community.
To avoid conflict of interests, an Open Council member or a Core Working Committee member wears a hat of an individual contributor, when he/she/they communicate on Foundation's public forums.
Any member appointed to a constitutional body of the Foundation, is an individual contributor, as far as the scope of public discussions and project related discussions, in the Foundation's public forums.
2. Avoid name calling of community members, national leaders, groups of people or any specific individual.
3. Distinct Conversation Threads: Do not stray away from the subject of the conversation thread.
Feel free to flag if you sense that your peer’s message deviates from the thread with a discussion on a completely non associated topic.
For your own responses which may be off topic, please mention that you are deviating from the main topic.
4. Assert yourself responsibly: Tag people correctly and responsibly. Wait for the people to see, react or respond to your messages.
6. Members shall acknowledge messages, in which they are tagged by the Moderator of the public channel, specifically about adherence to the Code of Conduct.
7. For announcing updates, either share the older messages inline or announce updates openly in the relevant public channel. New members should ask the Moderator of the channel in a DM, whether they can post the Update in a specific channel.
8. For topics that are listed sensitive, be exponentially dispassionate and exponentially empathetic. Think well before placing your words and posting messages on these subjects. These topics could include sexuality, violence, international issues, human crises, animal and environmental issues, family matters, disability, psychological issues and several other areas. Read the list of Sensitivity here.
9. Substantiate your qualitative information with quantitative information or qualifying data wherever necessary and wherever you can.
10. Members shall try their best to refrain from sharing speculative news, information, stories and any other content of such nature.
11. For designated channels within Slack, communicate topics that are relevant to the channel name, topic and description.
12. Keep the tone light hearted and friendly for we are trying to build one of the largest open communities. This can not be done with a serious or overly formal tone.
Members should generally avoid heated arguments with their peers and almost always strive for an optimistic communication.
13. Retention Policy: Depending on regional crises, message retention policy may be arbitrarily evaluated and decided by Open Council members to protect the community member’s privacy. A community member shall be able to request for a backup of their message as needed. (Right to retain private data). This can be done as follows:
13.1 Individual members can view their own access logs at https://muellnersorg.slack.com/account/logs
14. Public Facing Responsibility: A community member shall not share messages from private channels of Slack, Discord, Foundation’s mailing list (if they have muellnersorg IDP or are part of a legal body affiliated to the Open Constitution partner program) or from any other direct communication channels, to the public outside the community spaces of the Foundation without an electronic mail consent, received from the Media Committee. Sharing messages between these channels may be encouraged if the situation necessitates.
15. Data Protection: For queries regarding data compliance, one shall first refer to Data Protection - Community Resources (muellners.info) and then contact the Media Committee on its mailing list. If the query is not addressed, members may reach the Foundation’s Executive Committee by using the email [email protected]
16. Voluntary Participation: A member may refuse to answer personal questions in both public and private conversations as per their discretion. Members are advised to not probe and make others feel uncomfortable.
17. Approach to Escalation:
18. Barring Members: Members who walk over the guidelines habitually shall be barred from all forums of the community. This decision shall rest in the hands of Media Council members.
19. Members are encouraged to have active and thriving conversations in the community channels. This will lead to identifying synergies, new use cases to solve, new ideas for research and many other positive outcomes. Your initiation may not be rewarded monetarily but may lead to a bigger impact when the community least expects it. Messages are a way to experience serendipity in our day to day lives as individuals and as a community. Hence, always communicate with thought and enjoyment in both public and private conversations. Be open, empathetic, respectful with a positive behaviour. We are a human intelligence gathering. Foundation's public forums are not made for activism, such as Internet rants or expressing deep anguish on a public subject.
20. Right to Forget: A member of the community may want to voluntarily exit the community due to any reason whatsoever. Such members shall have the right to unsubscribe from the community and request deletion of their profiles and any associated data. All channels where other organizations interact with the foundation are not covered by Right to Forget.
21. Additional Remote Conferencing Norms:
21.1 Foundation members may collaborate on video conferencing tools, (recognised as official Google Workspace Platform/Slack/Discord of Muellners Foundation. Read the list above.). During these video conferencing workshops, it is generally at the discretion of the member, whether they wish to publish public facing audio, video or both feeds.
Members from visibly marginalised communities or members who are differently abled, join Foundation's workspaces, and these conference calls. The practice of free will in choosing the medium of communication(whether spoken or not) is therefore advocated by the Foundation's Code.
21.2 General Interruptions if the remote session has a documented agenda: Certain video conference sessions organised by the Foundation, may have a fixed agenda. It is generally recommended to be on time with these sessions. Your peers are voluntarily organised here, therefore their time is as important as yours.
During the remote conferences, organised by Foundation members, interruptions are not well seen. Members join these workshops, coming from different time zones, with different internet connectivity & computing infrastructure. Interrupting another member while he/she/they are speaking, will almost always result in derailing of a workshop's agenda.
Maintain decorum: It is generally recommended to keep yourself at mute, & wait for your turn to speak, using conferencing system tools such as Raising hand.
21.3 Open Sessions: When workshops are organised with an open and free agenda, it is a general suggestion to let your peers present their complete thoughts before speaking. Foundation DOES NOT advocate meritocracy.
22. Additional DIRECT COMMUNICATION(DM) Norms:
Message retention and deletion policy is by default set at 1 day for all Direct messages. It is at the discretion of two members, who are communicating with each other, to set the Retention & deletion policy with each other's consent.