[[!meta title="Guidelines for Conduct"]]
Copyright © 2010, 2013, 2018 Free Software Foundation, Inc.<br/>
Copyright © 2019 Amin Bandali
These Guidelines for Conduct, originally based on [the LibrePlanet
Code of Conduct](//libreplanet.org/wiki/LibrePlanet:About/Code_of_Conduct),
apply to us as participants in any conferences, campaigns, projects,
and communities under the EmacsConf name, and covers our behaviour in
any related forum, mailing list, IRC channel, wiki, web site, public
meeting, or private correspondence.
## Be respectful.
Respect each another, as well as people outside or new to the
community. Personal attacks, hate speech, trolling, baiting,
spamming, and discrimination on the basis of such things as gender,
race, and sexuality, will not be tolerated.
We are working towards user freedom for everyone, and that includes
those who do not fully agree with us. Rather than condemning
individuals for not agreeing wholeheartedly or even disagreeing,
respectfully try to help them better understand, and try to understand
their views as well. This requires persistently maintaining our best
behavior. Frustration from a disagreement or even deliberate
agitation is not a valid excuse for poor behavior. Differing views
are a strength for diverse communities, and they should be resolved
constructively, always with an eye toward finding common ground,
giving each other the benefit of the doubt, and being cautious of
misinterpretation. Avoid over-defensive or aggressive reactions and
try to pacify any disruptive situations as early as possible to
prevent conflicts from escalating. A productive community makes
people feel comfortable and welcome.
## Be mindful.
Keep in consideration that our actions directly affect others,
including colleagues and the public, and reflect on EmacsConf's work
as a whole. This includes many basic things like asking for help if
unsure about something, or announcing when we leave a project and
trying to find others who can pick up where we leave off. We are all
working together for free software, and the success of our efforts
depends on our ability to cooperate. Our contributions are all
valuable and will be built upon by others, and in turn our work will
depend on that of others.
## Work together.
Aim to make allies wherever possible, and avoid burning bridges. We
should stand by our strong set of ideals while remaining very
welcoming as a movement. Collaboration is highly encouraged. Reach
out to as many individuals as well as existing projects and groups as
possible. All work should be done as transparently as possible and
published in a way that enables others to discuss and get involved
with your efforts.
## Advocate Freedom.
The free software movement is first and foremost a social movement, so
please be sure to have read our critical documents and understand our
core philosophy. In accordance with 1-3, please do not be aggressive
toward others who may not immediately share the same views. If we are
not encouraging and respectful, we can't hope to gain their support.
Frame issues and arguments in a way which is conducive to changing
minds, not alienating visitors. People are unlikely to listen if they
feel in any way like they're being attacked. They are much more
receptive to ideas which are presented in a positive and constructive
way. Being respectful doesn't mean sacrificing our core ideals; we
should always frame the issues we work on in terms of those ideals.
That means using language that foregrounds freedom, like referring to
the operating system we promote as
["GNU/Linux"](//www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html), talking about
[free software rather than open
and encouraging people to try [distributions that are fully committed