Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Version 1.0 agreed on February 11, 2020. Inspired by Debian Code of Conduct

The openage project, the producers of openage ecosystem, have adopted a code of conduct for participants to its mailinglists, IRC channels and other modes of communication within the project.

  1. Be respectful
    In a project the size of openage, inevitably there will be people with whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that, but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel threatened is not a healthy community.

  2. Assume good faith
    openage Contributors have many ways of reaching our common goal of a free rts game engine which may differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards this goal. Note that many of our Contributors are not native English speakers or may have different cultural backgrounds.

  3. Be collaborative
    openage is a large and complex project; there is always more to learn within openage. It’s good to ask for help when you need it. Similarly, offers for help should be seen in the context of our shared goal of improving openage. When you make something for the benefit of the project, be willing to explain to others how it works, so that they can build on your work to make it even better.

  4. Try to be concise
    Keep in mind that what you write once will be read by hundreds of persons. Writing a short comment means people can understand the conversation as efficiently as possible. When a long explanation is necessary, consider adding a summary. Try to bring new arguments to a conversation so that each comment adds something unique to the thread, keeping in mind that the rest of the thread still contains the other messages with arguments that have already been made. Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly large.

  5. Be open
    Most ways of communication used within openage allow for public and private communication. As per paragraph three of the social contract, you should preferably use public methods of communication for openage-related messages, unless posting something sensitive. This applies to messages for help or openage-related support, too; not only is a public support request much more likely to result in an answer to your question, it also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made by people answering your question will be more easily detected and corrected.

  6. In case of problems
    While this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of some of the guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However, regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion. Serious or persistent offenders will be temporarily or permanently banned from communicating through openage’s systems. Complaints should be made (in private) to the staff members of the openage communication forum in question. To find contact information for these staff members, please look here for ways of contacting us.