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"I have Read and Agree to the TWiki.org Code of Conduct"

All users who register new on twiki.org need to read and agree to the TWiki.org Code of Conduct (terms of use). Community member who registered prior to 2008-10-27 needs to take a proactive step and edit his/her profile page and select the "Agree to Code of Conduct" yes/no flag to indicate agreement or not.
Please read the TWiki.org Code of Conduct, then login and edit your profile page to indicate if you agree or not.

TWiki.org Code of Conduct

Members of the TWiki.org community need to work together effectively, and these terms of use define the community guidelines for our cooperation. These guidelines apply to the use of the TWiki community infrastructure, such as twiki.org website and wiki, IRC, development servers and mailing lists.

Collaboration depends on good relationships between developers. To this end, we've agreed on the following code of conduct (terms of use of website) to help define the ways that we think collaboration and cooperation should work.

Community guidelines

These terms of use cover your behavior as a member of the TWiki.org community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel, install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence. The TWiki Council will arbitrate in any dispute over the conduct of a member of the community.

  • 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 we expect you to take those consequences into account when making decisions. For example, when we are in a feature freeze, please don't upload dramatically new versions of critical system software, as other people will be testing the frozen system and not be expecting big changes.

  • Be respectful. The TWiki.org community and its members treat one another with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to TWiki.org. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and 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. We expect members of the TWiki.org community to be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside the TWiki.org project, and with users of TWiki.org.

  • Be collaborative. TWiki.org and Free Software are about collaboration and working together. Collaboration reduces redundancy of work done in the Free Software world, and improves the quality of the software produced. You should aim to collaborate with other TWiki.org maintainers, as well as with the upstream community that is interested in the work you do. Your work should be done transparently and patches from TWiki.org should be given back to the community when they are made, not just when the distribution releases. If you wish to work on new code for existing upstream projects, at least keep those projects informed of your ideas and progress. It may not be possible to get consensus from upstream or even from your colleagues about the correct implementation of an idea, so don't feel obliged to have that agreement before you begin, but at least keep the outside world informed of your work, and publish your work in a way that allows outsiders to test, discuss and contribute to your efforts.

  • When you disagree, consult others. Disagreements, both political and technical, happen all the time and the TWiki.org community is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively. You should turn to the community and to the community process to seek advice and to resolve disagreements. We have the Technical Board and the Community Council, both of which will help to decide the right course for TWiki.org. There are also several Project Teams and Team Leaders, who may be able to help you figure out which direction will be most acceptable. If you really want to go a different way, then we encourage you to make a derivative distribution or alternative set of packages available using the TWiki.org Package Management framework, so that the community can try out your changes and ideas for itself and contribute to the discussion.

  • When you are unsure, ask for help. Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the TWiki.org community. Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum. Off-topic questions, such as requests for help on a development mailing list, detract from productive discussion.

  • Step down considerately. Developers on every project come and go and TWiki.org is no different. When you leave or disengage from the project, in whole or in part, we ask that you do so in a way that minimizes disruption to the project. This means you should tell people you are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where you leave off.

Wikis, IRC, mailing lists and web forums

Wikis, IRC, mailing lists and web forums are an important part of the TWiki.org community platform. These terms of use apply very much to your behavior in those forums too. Please follow these guidelines in addition to the general terms of use:

  1. Please use real first and last name on your TWiki.org account.
  2. Please use a valid email address to which direct responses can be made.
  3. Please avoid flamewars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments. On technical matters, the Technical Board can make a final decision. On matters of community governance, the Community Council can make a final decision.
  4. Please use the twiki.org infrastructure for TWiki related matter (see what TWiki.org is not.)

Derivative works

  1. All GPLed content can of course be freely be redistributed and used, as long as the TWiki trademark rights are maintained.
  2. TWiki.org website content contributed by an individual is copyrighted by the contributing author. The collective work of the TWki.org's WebHome web (users, groups, installation directory, etc.) is copyrighted by TWiki.org and may not be copied without written approval from the TWiki Community Council.

Governing law

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California and by the laws of the United States, excluding their conflicts of laws principles. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980) is hereby excluded in its entirety from application to this agreement. Jurisdiction concerning any dispute relating to the terms of use agreement shall be in the state or federal court in San Jose, California.

Note: These terms of use are a derivative of the Ubuntu code of conduct, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. You may re-use them for your own project, and modify them as you wish, just please allow others to use your modifications and give credit to the Ubuntu Project!

Note: Please use the "send feedback" link at the bottom if you have any questions or feedback.

HELP Notes:

  • Above text is included from TWiki.TWikiCodeOfConduct.
  • The Code of Conduct agreement took effect on 2008-10-27. Existing twiki.org accounts are not grandfathered in. Community member who registered prior to 2008-10-27 needs to take a proactive step and edit his/her profile page and select the "Agree to Code of Conduct" yes/no flag to indicate agreement or not.
    Please read the TWiki.org Code of Conduct, then login and edit your profile page to indicate if you agree or not.

-- PeterThoeny - 2008-10-27


Get Involved: Are you a Perl developer? Tech Writer? Marketeer? Are you using TWiki at work, or evaluating to use it? Consider contributing back to the TWiki.org community! As you can see from the expanded TWikiCharter and the TWikiRoadMap, we have many sexy projects waiting to be implemented. If you join now while we refine the TWiki governance, you can make a difference and help reshape the community!

-- PeterThoeny - 2008-10-30

TermsOfUseSearch lists all users who proactively selected "yes" or "no". As of today, 202 users selected "yes", and 15 selected "no". These are nice numbers!

-- PeterThoeny - 2008-10-31

As of today, we have 4200+ users who selected "yes", and only 34 who selected "no". I interpret this as a clear endorsement of the code of conduct by the community. Thank you!

-- PeterThoeny - 2009-07-07

I now INCLUDE the code of conduct topic into this page to have everything in one place.

-- Peter Thoeny - 2014-02-04

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