Code of Conduct

The F-Droid Project, the producers of the F-Droid software and repository, have adopted a code of conduct for participants to its issue trackers, forum, IRC channels and other modes of communication within the project.

1. Be respectful

In a project the size of F-Droid, inevitably there will be people with whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that, but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel threatened is not a healthy community.

2. Assume good faith

F-Droid Contributors have many ways of reaching our common goal of distributing free software which may differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards this goal.

Note that many of our Contributors are not native English speakers or may have different cultural backgrounds.

3. Be collaborative

F-Droid is a large and complex project; there is always more to learn within F-Droid. It’s good to ask for help when you need it. Similarly, offers for help should be seen in the context of our shared goal of improving F-Droid.

When you make something for the benefit of the project, be willing to explain to others how it works, so that they can build on your work to make it even better.

4. Try to be concise

Keep in mind that what you write once will be read by hundreds of persons. Writing a short message means people can understand the conversation as efficiently as possible. When a long explanation is necessary, consider adding a summary.

Try to bring new arguments to a conversation so that each post adds something unique to the thread, keeping in mind that the rest of the thread still contains the other messages with arguments that have already been made.

Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly large.

5. Be open

Most ways of communication used within F-Droid allow for public and private communication. As per paragraph three of the social contract, you should preferably use public methods of communication for F-Droid-related messages, unless posting something sensitive.

This applies to messages for help or F-Droid-related support, too; not only is a public support request much more likely to result in an answer to your question, it also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made by people answering your question will be more easily detected and corrected.

6. In case of problems

While this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of some of the guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However, regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion.

Serious or persistent offenders will be temporarily or permanently banned from communicating through F-Droid’s systems. Complaints should be made (in private) to the administrators of the F-Droid communication forum in question. It is also possible to report issues on our admin issue tracker.

(Based on the Debian Code of Conduct, Version 1.0 ratified on April 28th, 2014.)