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authorJeff King <>2019-09-24 06:44:54 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2019-10-10 01:39:23 (GMT)
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add a Code of Conduct document
We've never had a formally written Code of Conduct document. Though it has been discussed off and on over the years, for the most part the behavior on the mailing list has been good enough that nobody felt the need to push one forward. However, even if there aren't specific problems now, it's a good idea to have a document: - it puts everybody on the same page with respect to expectations. This might avoid poor behavior, but also makes it easier to handle it if it does happen. - it publicly advertises that good conduct is important to us and will be enforced, which may make some people more comfortable with joining our community - it may be a good time to cement our expectations when things are quiet, since it gives everybody some distance rather than focusing on a current contentious issue This patch adapts the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct. As opposed to writing our own from scratch, this uses common and well-accepted language, and strikes a good balance between illustrating expectations and avoiding a laundry list of behaviors. It's also the same document used by the Git for Windows project. The text is taken mostly verbatim from: I also stole a very nice introductory paragraph from the Git for Windows version of the file. There are a few subtle points, though: - the document refers to "the project maintainers". For the code, we generally only consider there to be one maintainer: Junio C Hamano. But for dealing with community issues, it makes sense to involve more people to spread the responsibility. I've listed the project committee address of as the contact point. - the document mentions banning from the community, both in the intro paragraph and in "Our Responsibilities". The exact mechanism here is left vague. I can imagine it might start with social enforcement (not accepting patches, ignoring emails) and could escalate to technical measures if necessary (asking vger admins to block an address). It probably make sense _not_ to get too specific at this point, and deal with specifics as they come up. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Acked-by: CB Bailey <> Acked-by: Christian Couder <> Acked-by: Emily Shaffer <> Acked-by: Garima Singh <> Acked-by: Junio C Hamano <> Acked-by: Johannes Schindelin <> Acked-by: Jonathan Tan <> Acked-by: Jonathan Nieder <> Acked-by: Taylor Blau <> Acked-by: Elijah Newren <> Acked-by: Phillip Wood <> Acked-by: brian m. carlson <> Acked-by: Derrick Stolee <> Acked-by: Thomas Gummerer <> Acked-by: William Baker <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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+# Git Code of Conduct
+This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within
+the Git community, as well as steps for reporting unacceptable behavior.
+We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for
+all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates
+this code of conduct may be banned from the community.
+## Our Pledge
+In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as
+contributors and maintainers pledge to make participation in our project and
+our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age,
+body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and
+expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status,
+nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and
+## Our Standards
+Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment
+* Using welcoming and inclusive language
+* Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
+* Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
+* Focusing on what is best for the community
+* Showing empathy towards other community members
+Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
+* The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or
+ advances
+* Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
+* Public or private harassment
+* Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic
+ address, without explicit permission
+* Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a
+ professional setting
+## Our Responsibilities
+Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable
+behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in
+response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
+Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or
+reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions
+that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or
+permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate,
+threatening, offensive, or harmful.
+## Scope
+This Code of Conduct applies within all project spaces, and it also applies
+when an individual is representing the project or its community in public
+spaces. Examples of representing a project or community include using an
+official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account,
+or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.
+Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project
+## Enforcement
+Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be
+reported by contacting the project team at All
+complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response
+that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project
+team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of
+an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted
+Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good
+faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other
+members of the project's leadership.
+## Attribution
+This Code of Conduct is adapted from the [Contributor Covenant][homepage],
+version 1.4, available at
+For answers to common questions about this code of conduct, see