Code of Conduct


Everyone is welcome to the table. We are aware that by saying »everyone«, we'll have a lot of people from many different backgrounds. And that's a good thing, because we welcome diversity.

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct aspires to support an environment where all people should feel safe and respected. It applies to all spaces managed by polypoly (hereafter polypoly), such as all our social media channels and others. We expect this code of conduct to be honoured by everyone who interacts in a polypoly environment formally or informally, or claims any affiliation with polypoly. This code further serves to emphasize our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter, so it can enrich everyone who participates.


Be empathic, friendly, and patient. We assume good intentions, and do our best to act in an empathetic fashion. We may all experience some frustration from time to time, but we do not allow frustration to turn into a personal attack. An environment where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not productive.

Be careful in the words that are chosen. We value professionalism in all interactions and take responsibility for our own speech. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Harassment and other exclusionary behaviour are not acceptable.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information (»doxing«).
  • Sharing private content, such as emails or messages sent privately or non-publicly.
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Excessive or unnecessary profanity.
  • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

Diversity Statement

polypoly welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. We are committed to providing an environment everybody feels good about. Although we may not be able to satisfy everyone, we will always strive to treat everyone well.

No matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. Though no list can hope to be comprehensive, we explicitly honour diversity in: age, culture, ethnicity, genotype, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, neurotype, phenotype, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, subculture and technical ability. And if there’s something we missed let us know.

Standards for behaviour in polypoly environments are detailed in the Code of Conduct above. We expect participants to meet these standards in all their interactions and to help others to do so as well.

Reporting of Non-compliance with the Code

Should you wish to report a breach of our Code of Conduct, please write to:


This Code of Conduct is a modified version of The Apache Software Foundation’s Code of Conduct licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 with additional text and inspiration from the Mozilla Foundation’s Community Guidelines. We’re very grateful for their work and support them in their efforts.