IRIS-HEP Code Of Conduct

IRIS-HEP is a software institute funded by the National Science Foundation. It serves as a center for software R&D, functions as an intellectual hub for the larger community-wide software R&D efforts, and transforms the operational services required to ensure the success of the HL-LHC scientific program. Its success depends on its ability to engage a community from several institutions and disciplines with diverse skills, personalities and experiences.

Naturally, this implies diversity of ideas and perspectives on often complex problems. Disagreement and healthy discussion of conflicting viewpoints is welcome: the best solutions to hard problems rarely come from a single angle. But disagreement is not an excuse for aggression: humans tend to take disagreement personally and easily drift into behavior that ultimately degrades a community. This is particularly acute with online communication across language and cultural gaps, where many cues of human behavior are unavailable. We are outlining here a set of principles and processes to support a healthy community in the face of these challenges. Fundamentally, we are committed to fostering an open, productive, harassment-free environment for everyone. Rather than considering this code an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do, take it in the spirit it is intended - a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate. Importantly: as a member of our community, you are also a steward of these values. Not all problems need to be resolved via formal processes, and often a quick, friendly but clear word on an online forum or in person can help resolve a misunderstanding and de-escalate things. However, sometimes these informal processes may be inadequate: they fail to work, there is urgency or risk to someone, nobody is intervening publicly and you don’t feel comfortable speaking in public, etc. For these or other reasons, structured follow-up may be necessary and here we provide the means for that: we welcome reports by contacting any member of the IRIS-HEP Executive Board. This code of conduct applies equally to all community members in all Institute situations online and offline, including conferences, mailing lists, forums, GitHub organizations, chat rooms, social media, social events associated with conferences, and one-to-one interactions.

By embracing the following principles, guidelines and actions to follow or avoid, you will help us make IRIS-HEP a welcoming and productive community. Feel free to contact any member of the IRIS-HEP Executive Board.

  1. Be friendly and patient.

  2. 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 any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, physical appearance, family status, technological choices, academic discipline, political views, religion, mental ability, and physical ability.

  3. 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. You may be communicating with someone with a different primary language or cultural background.

  4. Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior or poor 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. Respect the work of others. We recognize the acknowledgment/citation requests of the original authors. As authors, we are explicit about how we want our own work to be cited or acknowledged.

  5. Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other community members. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or violent language directed against another person
    • Discriminatory jokes and language
    • Posting sexually explicit or violent material
    • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”)
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms
    • 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.
  6. When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and the IRIS-HEP community is no exception. Try to understand where others are coming from, as seeing a question from their viewpoint may help find a new path forward. And don’t forget that it is human to err: blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, while we can learn from mistakes to find better solutions.

  7. A simple apology can go a long way. It can often de-escalate a situation, and telling someone that you are sorry is an act of empathy that doesn’t automatically imply an admission of guilt.

Reporting

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, please report this in a timely manner. Code of conduct violations reduce the value of the community for everyone and we take them seriously.

You can file a report by emailing any member of the IRIS-HEP Executive Board.

This code was adapted from the Project JupyterHub code of conduct and is licenced

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