Code of Conduct

Take the time to read the following conduct docs that we expect every member to adhere to. LaraChat is fantastic because everyone is respectful of each other.

Preamble

Use of LaraChat group with Slack constitutes acceptance and agreement to our Code of Conduct and Slack's User Agreement. If you violate the Code of Conduct or Slack's User Agreement, we reserve the right to terminate all accounts belonging to you without prior notice. We prefer to advise users of inappropriate behavior, however, flagrant and repeated violations of our CoC will result in an immediate ban. Our failure to enforce this policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.

Principle Guidelines

We created the Code of Conduct to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and not allowed in our channels. The following are the principle guidelines for the establishment of our CoC:

  • Ensure a friendly atmosphere to all our members
  • Ensure the privacy of our members and that of others
  • Comply with existing laws
  • Encourage responsible use of our channels and discourage activities which disrupt our community and reduce the value of our services to others
  • Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner

Regarding a human being's right to free speech

While we promote the principles of free speech, some statements can be construed and heated debates can arrise in a programming community. We will under no circumstances ever censor your posts. But any misuse of our channels and the harassment of other members will result in an action defined by our Violations Policy. As a member of our growing community, you must participate responsibly. If you have any questions regarding our CoC, please contact any of our team members via direct message.

Violations of our Code of Conduct

It is considerably important for you to understand that this section of our Code of Conduct is not designed to cover everything. We may take action — issue a warning, ban your account(s) if your conduct on LaraChat is counterproductive to the Code of Conduct’s principle guidelines.

Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem comments/personal attacks towards anyone who is likely to view it on the channel - is subject to action taken against the user, regardless of how pertinent or thoughtful the rest of the message might be.

Spamming

You may not spam. Spam includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive off-topic threads
  • Posting nonsensical messages
  • "Flooding" a channel or direct messaging someone with similar meaning messages
  • Inciting a channel war or riot
  • Blatant advertising in excess
  • Fraudulent activity (Pyramid schemes, chain letters, etc.)
  • Freebie links (i.e. Free iPods, Free PSP, etc. etc.) If you wish to be a sponsor for LaraChat, please contact hello@larachat.co.

Profanities

As stated we will not censor you. But please be courteous to other members and their preferences. Excessive use of profanity is strongly discouraged.

Harassment

You may not use terms or audio/visual materials referring to ethnic/national origin, ideological/religious beliefs, gender, or sexual preference in a demeaning context. We have no tolerance for discrimination. You are in violation of this rule if the nature of your post discriminates, promotes hate, promotes violence or advocates hatred or discrimination against individuals, groups, races, cultures or organizations because of their ethnic/national origin, skin color or culture. However, feel free to remain opinionated about code. We all want to learn more but keep criticisms to consructive rather than deroggatory.

Derogatory Terms

If you use any terms in an offensive context against a person, race, culture, group or organization, as determined by our moderators, you are in violation of this rule. Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word may be acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another. In addition, any one can invent their own derogatory terms, unfortunately. Because of those factors, we will evaluate the context in which the term was used to determine whether a violation has occurred.

Porn/Sexually Offensive Materials

Please do not post or link to pornography or sexually offensive materials in public channels. We all like to chat at work and it just makes it that much harder.

Offensive Images / Shock Sites

You may not post or link to shock sites, or any such excessively obscene material. Blatant violations of this rule may result in a permanent ban on your access. Be sensible people.

Illegal Use

You may not use our channels for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, as determined by the laws of Canada and the province of British Columbia. Such activities will guarantee a ban. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.

Privacy

You may not post any form of real life information of a member or person unless the member or person has first permitted it by express consent. Examples of real life information include name, address, IP addresses, and phone numbers. You may not disclose a member's unpublicized email address unless the member has first permitted it, either by actual consent or previously releasing said information. You may not post any form of real life information if you are 13 or under.

Email Addresses

You may not harvest email addresses from our channels for any purpose. You may direct message another member if you wish to contact them but any mining of email addresses for unauthorized promotional activity is strictly prohibited.

Miscellaneous

We're all a bunch of developers trying to build the best code we can. Be kind, if someone asks for help, help them. If someone posts a new project, don't belittle them. If you have critiques inform them politely, or even better MAKE A PULL REQUEST!