Tim, our community team lead, introduces the Nexosis Community Code of Conduct that will set expectations for behavior to ensure a safe, inclusive community.
My name is Tim. I joined Nexosis a few months ago as a member of the community team. One of the many things that drew me to this company was the fact that it’s a startup—for startups bring with them a unique opportunity to build something from nothing. You know, like a community!
Of course, when building a new thing, and doing so with eyes toward greatness and longevity, it’s important to begin with a strong foundation. Hence, over the last few months, my work has focused on laying the groundwork from which a vibrant community can flourish. One of the first projects I took on was that of creating a Community Code of Conduct.
Today, in my inaugural post on the company blog, I'm pleased to share a taste of the fruits of our recent labor.
What is a Code of Conduct?
A Code of Conduct is a critical component of a healthy community. It explicitly sets expectations around behavior (i.e., what’s acceptable and what’s not) within community spaces and provides guidance for instances when those expectations are not met. Beyond guidelines and procedures, a CoC serves as a promise to community members that their well-being is important to us, and that we’re committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive environment for all who choose to join our community and who share said commitment.
Beyond guidelines and procedures, a CoC serves as a promise to community members that their well-being is important to us, and that we’re committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive environment for all who choose to join our community and who share said commitment.
In the process of creating our CoC, we found inspiration internally from our team and externally from friends, colleagues, and thought leaders. We surveyed employees to understand the emotions they hope to feel (and those they hope not to feel), as participants in the communities in which they’re involved. We studied the Codes of Conduct set forth by other communities across the internet. We read articles and watched talks from worldly experts who’ve shared their best practices, tips & tricks, do’s & don’t’s.
Thank you to everyone who supported this effort - whether you knew it or not, your contribution was invaluable.
The CoC and me and you
You can find our Community Code of Conduct in short and long form in this Github repository.
We ask that all community members review it at their convenience, as part of their commitment to the Nexosis community. Furthermore, we welcome feedback, which can be provided by creating an issue in the repo or submitting this form. If you do take the time to give it gander, we’d love to know and recognize your effort.
So, upon reading the CoC, if you agree with its sentiment, and you’re as committed as we are to creating an awesome, inclusive gathering place for people, then we invite you to the fun part—add your name and “emoji signature” to the signature page, by submitting a pull request!
(Hint: there may be a special surprize waiting for the person who’s PR is merged first!)
You’ll notice our Code of Conduct popping up in all of our community spaces, both online and offline—our Facebook page, open source repos, and at events. As the community grows, we’ll continually share this information through various channels, and we’ll depend on our OG members to help build awareness of the CoC amongst newcomers.