Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and core team members pledge to making participation in Startup Sonoma County and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

The core team is responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Core team members have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Scope

This Code of Conduct applies both within Startup Sonoma County spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the organization or its community. Examples of representing a organization or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of Startup Sonoma County may be further defined and clarified by core team.

Enforcement

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the board at board at startupsonoma dot com. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The core team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Contributors who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of Startup Sonoma County’s leadership.

Attribution

This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at contributor-covenant.org.