Citizen Dialogue Centre | Community Code of Conduct
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Community Code of Conduct

Purpose

A primary goal of Citizen Dialogue Centre is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

The supplementary goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open engagement by encouraging participants to recognise the interwoven nature of our online behaviour with the physical spaces we move through daily. We are all architects of our communities and societies – cultural norms are shaped by our collective conduct.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for ALL those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

We invite all those who participate in our community to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

Community Expectations

The following behaviours are expected and requested of all community members:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Don’t just aim to be technically unimpeachable, try to be your best self. In particular, avoid pushing the boundaries of offensive or sensitive issues, particularly if they’re off-topic.
  • Be mindful of the emotional state and triggers of others in the way you engage with them at all time.
  • If someone takes issue with something you said or did, resist the urge to be defensive. Stop doing what it was they complained about and apologise. Even if you feel you were misinterpreted or unfairly accused, chances are that there was something you could have communicated better — take responsibility and build trust. If appropriate,  ask the person who pointed out the issue for help to explore how the conflict or misunderstanding could have been avoided. You will find that people will be eager to assume good intent and forgive as long as you earn their trust and genuinely apologise – afford this assumption to others.

Inappropriate Behaviour

The following behaviours are considered unacceptable within our community:

  • Threatening to expose, or posting publicly without consent, any other individual’s
    • private identifying information – location details such as work or home addresses; private contact details such as email addresses or mobile numbers; private identity details such as passwords, bank account details, identity numbers; or any other information which can risk the physical or identity safety  of that individual or their associates.
    • personal information – sexuality, religion, gender, race, class or any other information which may be used to discriminate against that individual or their associates on the basis of identity.
  • Threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Deliberate intimidation of an individual or generalised group.
  • Directed insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Gaslighting, deliberate derailment or any other silencing tactics.
  • Public sharing of sexual images, irrespective of source or consent status. Although sex and sexuality are part of healthy dialogue, sexual imagery in public spaces serves not to advance this dialogue but instead to sexualise a safe space – potentially silencing, triggering or otherwise excluding community members from participation.
  • Gratuitous graphic imagery. Shocking images and click-bait-tragedy are not conducive to inclusive dialogue – it adds very little substance and is often alienating or offensive.
  • Visual content which infringes on the constitutional protections of another individual. Images or video content depicting deceased or under aged individuals, for example, are ethically and, to certain extents legally, problematic.
  • Comments that reinforce social structures of domination, oppression or discrimination – related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion etc.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Remarks that violate the code of conduct, including hateful, hurtful, oppressive, or exclusionary remarks. (Swearing is allowed, but never targeting another, and never in a hateful or hurtful manner.)
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

Consequences

Inappropriate behaviour from any community member, including CDC team members and those with decision making authority, will be addressed in an expedited and transparent manner.

Although we reserve the right to enforce a temporary or permanent ban from the community, we acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes. Our community presents an opportunity to learn from, and make amends for, the mistakes we make.

Immediate compliance with a request to stop an inappropriate behaviour will be seen as a willingness to learn. An earnest commitment to a behaviour change from the original offender will be met with support from CDC.

Citizen Dialogue Centre will not tolerate any illegal behaviour and will protect our community, to the extent that it is possible, from undue harassment and discrimination. We will take any and all actions deemed appropriate, up to and including reporting to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Scope

We expect that all members, by virtue of choosing to participate in this community, will strive to abide by this Code of Conduct at all times, and will initiate similar behaviour in their peers.

We acknowledge the limitations of CDC to enforce this code of conduct as it pertains to every individual’s right of expression and association, as protected by our constitution. The same constitution also dictates our rights in terms of forming a community of peers, and protecting our right to human dignity.

Behaviours that have the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of the community or its members  – whether occurring within or outside of community activities – will be addressed to the extent that these limitations allow.

We, as CDC, hold ourselves to this code at all times, irrespective of who we are communicating with. If you notice anyone in our community – especially members of the CDC team or their partner organisations – acting in breach of this code of conduct, we would be truly grateful if you would let us know.

We acknowledge that mistakes are bound to happen. We believe that addressing those mistakes promptly and transparently is essential for meaningful growth and learning.

Visit our website for more information on the Values that govern our team.

License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Portions of text derived from the Stumptown Syndicate Code of Conduct