Community Code of Conduct

Like the online community as a whole, the RuggedSocial community is made up of a mixture of people and professionals from all over the world. Indeed, a robust, safe and engaged community is an important aspect of a healthy learning environment.

Diversity is one of our huge strengths: we bring together people from different backgrounds, different walks of life, and different countries. Our many voices come together to make RuggedSocial an exciting and vibrant community. At times, we'll each have differing opinions: we encourage healthy and constructive debates and discussions. But unclear communication and excessive arguments can lead to unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to all users of RuggedSocial. 

This isn’t meant to be a complete list of things that you can't do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended—a guide to make it easier to enrich your experience at RuggedSocial, and to be active and positive participants in the larger technical and professional communities outside of RuggedSocial.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by RuggedSocial. This includes the community forum, RuggedSocial events and any other forums created by the RuggedSocial team which the community uses for communication. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person's ability to participate within them.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of different backgrounds and cultures
  • Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we're a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for ill behavior and bad manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the RuggedSocial community should be respectful to one another and be mindful that behavior outside of RuggedSocial could affect your involvement with RuggedSocial.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and RuggedSocial is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of RuggedSocial comes from its varied community: people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifiable information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

This code of conduct is heavily inspired by the Treehouse community's code of conduct.


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