Code of Conduct

The Arvados Project is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for
everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Arvados Project spaces both online and off:
Gitter chat, Redmine issues, wiki, mailing lists, forums, video chats, and any other
Arvados spaces. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or
expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Arvados Team.

Some Arvados Project spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be
made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for
knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual
    orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical
    appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices,
    including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of dead
    or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like
    “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person
    to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for
    harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming
    inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent
    except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

The Arvados Project prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged
people’s comfort. The Arvados Leadership Team will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or
    “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a tone
    you don’t find congenial


If you are being harassed by a member of the Arvados Project, notice that someone
else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Arvados
Project Team at If person who is harassing
you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We
will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to Arvados Project spaces, but if you are being
harassed by a member of Arvados Project outside our spaces, we still want to
know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Arvados Project
members, especially the Arvados Team, seriously. This includes harassment
outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The
abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the Arvados Project based on
their past behavior, including behavior outside Arvados Project spaces and
behavior towards people who are not in the Arvados Project.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to
reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended
to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims
of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve
received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if
we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Arvados Project members or
the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their
affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Arvados Team may
take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all
Arvados Project spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other
Arvados Project members or the general public.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek
Feminism wiki
created by the Geek Feminism community.

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