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Questions tagged [code-of-conduct]

Discussions of the Code of Conduct (CoC), the replacement/revision of the Be Nice policy

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Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites

UPDATE: We've incorporated lots of the feedback below into what we think is a much better version than the one we proposed originally. Thanks a ton for all the input, and let us know if you like the ...
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We'd like your feedback on our new Code of Conduct! [duplicate]

TL;DR: We've put together a code of conduct (CoC) that is a bit more comprehensive than our existing be nice policy because we feel that our current policy isn't meeting our needs. Some ...
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The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review

You provided us with some really helpful feedback on our first draft attempt to expand our 'Be nice' policy into a formal code of conduct, and we're extremely grateful for your time, patience and ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

We're no strangers to discussion of the flag dialogues, particularly when it comes to comment flags. Since that discussion two years ago we've been reassessing how comments are used on the network and ...
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Link to code of conduct broken?

The recent blog post "Get to Know Our New Code of Conduct" contains a link to the new code of conduct, https://stackoverflow.com/conduct. As of 2018-08-07T05:27:38+00, that link returns a 404. Also, ...
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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

One of the best answers on this website was deleted late last year. Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? Well, actually, it wasn't just deleted, the answerer was struck ...
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Code of Conduct: enforcement and sanctioning

The new Code of Conduct outlines and clarifies a number of our rules. But it also includes a section on how violators of those rules will be punished. I don't want to discuss particulars of the CoC ...
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How could I have handled this better in chat (flag apparently led to suspension)?

I was recently suspended in chat here on Meta.SE. I would like to know how I could have handled this situation better and avoided a suspension. Link to transcript: https://chat.meta.stackexchange....
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Code of Conduct links to text of dubious quality and relevance

At the bottom of the Code of Conduct: This text incorporates ideas and language from the Coral Project, Buffer, and Tech Solidarity codes of conduct. First of all, have some imaginary points for ...
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Add a [conduct] shortcut similar to [help] and [tour] to link to the code of conduct in comments

I like the [help] and [tour] shortcuts to concisely direct people to a specific section of the help in whatever site I’m commenting on. Can a [conduct] or [code] or similar magic link to create a ...
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Who is the most responsible for the new Code of Conduct?

Who makes the final decision whether someone on our site (e.g., SOja) is following the Code of Conduct or not? The community? Moderators? Or employees of Stack Exchange? (I intentionally distinguish ...
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Can we get some details on how account expulsion is supposed to work?

The new code of conduct contains the following in the enforcement section: Account Expulsion For very rare cases, moderators will expel people who display a pattern of harmful destructive ...
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Code of Conduct banner fails to 'Be Nice' (enough) for small screens

When viewing Meta Stack Exchange (with the responsive design) on Safari on iOS (or any browser with a small width), the text in the Code of Conduct banner overlaps with the site icon. The link (in ...
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Please don't hide the Code of Conduct in a Blog entry

We all know that currently, the newly released Code of Conduct is broken blog page was erroneously published early. However, as part of the linked question, Zeta points out that the CoC has no ...
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Change the “Stage 1 - Warning” part of the enforcement section of the code of conduct to reflect actual real enforcement

When reading over the new code of conduct I found something concerning in the "enforcements" section. For most first-time misconduct, moderators will remove offending content and send a warning. ...
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Adding Code of Conduct to Help pulldown on top bar?

I think that the ideal place to link the Code of Conduct would be as a link below the Tour and above the Help Center on the top bar pulldown for the Help, but anywhere on that pulldown would be good.
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The new Code of Conduct: Meta is useless?

I have now seen the new Code of Conduct and one thing is notably absent, especially because I asked twice to include it in the new Code of Conduct. Each Stack Exchange site has a meta where people ...
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Code of Conduct banner looks awkward on some sites (GD, AU)

The new Code of Conduct banner is displayed awkwardly on some sites; there's a rather large gap between the top bar and the banner. Check Graphic Design (... the irony ...) and Ask Ubuntu: On ...
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If my comment is flagged “Unfriendly or unkind” how do I know?

How can a new user or any user on Stack Exchange sites know if their comments are coming across "Unfriendly or unkind"? Is there a notification when someone flags it? if it's deleted (in the handling ...
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Problem with Cyrillic symbols on the Code of Conduct page of ruSO

There is a problem with the font on the Code of Conduct page of ruSO. As you can see below, the font quite different. English CoC: Russian CoC: As I can see, original font contains Cyrillic symbols....
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How will SE draw attention to the Code of Conduct once it's no longer new?

The Code of Conduct is still new right now, so it appears in the notification bar at the top of the page: Join us in building a kind, collaborative learning community via our updated Code of ...
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Can we add “Be Honest” back into the Code of Conduct?

Background & Motivation After reading this blog post about the Code of Conduct, I have a suggestion to add "Be Honest" back into the Code of Conduct. Yes, I realize the blog post is nearly a ...
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Include a link to the Code of Conduct in the FAQ for Chat

Earlier I posted in a chat room for the first time so I figured I should read the relevant FAQ to familiarise myself with how it works. One of the questions is Do I have to be nice? I figured that ...
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New Code of Conduct for international sites. No link?

International sites, like SO en español or SO em português (Can't really access to Ja or Ru), doesn´t have a banner at the top pointing to the new Code of Conduct. We are rushing to get a version 1 ...
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Add links to anchors in Code of Conduct

It's possible to link to certain sections in the Code of Conduct. For example, the link https://meta.stackexchange.com/conduct#unacceptable-behavior will scroll directly to the "Unacceptable Behavior" ...
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Is it acceptable to post a friendly comment that points out the flaws in an answer?

I had this short exchange with two other users: @HighRepUser The new code of conduct simply asks that we keep a friendly tone as we point out the flaws in a post. Nobody should have trouble doing ...
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What is the correct chat flag to flag “unfriendly” messages?

During the new update to comment flags, a new option "It's unfriendly or unkind" was added. This is different from the "It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse." comment flag. As I understand, the ...
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Some site designs are messed up because of Code of Conduct banner

I saw this bug reported for a single site here, but then I noticed it on another site, then another and another. Soon the list expanded to "most sites with a design". On many sites it's gone ...
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The line spacing for the subtitle for the CoC on Aviation.SE looks strange

https://aviation.stackexchange.com/conduct I see while on other sites I see it normally
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Code of conduct top banner for localized sites

As far as I see the top banner with Code of Conduct notice (open the site with browser's private mode on) only visible on Stack Overflow en español and Русский язык Stack Exchange: The rest ...
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Some questions regarding CoC and flagging comment to understand them better

Motivation Let me first try to explain my main motivation for writing this post. It is, to put simply, to try to understand our new Code of Conduct (henceforth CoC) and the scheme of flagging chat ...
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I'd like to be able to see “Unfriendly” flags lodged against me

I think it would be beneficial to be able to see comments of mine that have had unfriendly flags ("It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse." and "It's unfriendly or unkind.") lodged against them. ...
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Why not display the CoC link for comments on all questions and answers (not just new contributors' posts)?

If we believe that displaying the code of conduct warning is an effective way to reduce unfriendly comments, why not display it whenever someone goes to write a comment? That way everyone can benefit ...
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Does “attacks a person or a group” include attacking a person who isn't a user of the site?

When flagging a comment, one of the options is It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse. This comment attacks a person or group. Learn more in our Code of Conduct. and the quoted section of the ...
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The illustration for the code of conduct is broken

In the illustration accompanying the code of conduct, the part with the lady in the wheelchair is broken: The fill of her top is not aligned with the outline. Also it breaks the style of the image, ...
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Code of Conduct banner needs closing everytime on a site

After the enforcement of "New code of Conduct", a new message banner appeared on all the sites across the network. We can close it by clicking a 'X' mark at the right corner. This needs to be closed ...
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Use standard dash formatting in new Code of Conduct

<pedantry> Generally speaking, there are two standard ways to format dashes in English: Endash with space: "then he – Jim – went to the store" Emdash with no space, or hair space: "then he—Jim—...
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Please make the buttons line up on the CoC

Just a small design request; please make the two buttons line up vertically:
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The 'new user, read our CoC' notifications make me feel unwelcome

The 'new user, read our CoC' notifications creep me out. They're making me feel unwelcome. There has been plenty of fearmongering and drama around the phrase 'code of conduct' across the Internet, ...
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Does the blog image imply that being welcoming ends here?

The image for the blog post announcing the CoC as used on https://stackoverflow.blog/ displays a unicorn holding a flag saying </welcome> Does this mean that being welcoming ends here? Or ...
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https://stackoverflow.com/conduct displays 404 - Linked in the blog [duplicate]

The code of conduct announcement blog just went out, yet the link to the code of conduct page in it yields a 404 - page not found. Seems like a bug. https://stackoverflow.com/conduct This is on ...
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Left navigation is always hidden on the code of conduct page

I've set my preferences to have the left navigation always visible by unchecking the following checkbox: This setting seems to work fine on all pages except the Code of Conduct page. The Code of ...
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Comment flag reasons with the link to CoC

What is the reason to separate the first two items in the comment flagging popup? This sepation makes me to think hard is I choosed the correct one. Furthermore, just imagine that the user has ...
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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior [closed]

What happened? On April 10, 2019, a user posted a response to a Meta question discussing how SO might take action in response to the gender disparity in the programming industry. The post essentially ...
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What is the meaning of the picture in the “Code of Conduct”?

I saw this picture beside Stack Exchange's "Code of Conduct". Please label everything and tell me the meaning of it.
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Badge suggestion: Well Behaved, for reading the Code of Conduct

One of the first badges most users usually get is the bronze Informed badge for reading the entire Tour page. This badge is designed to reward some basic reading about the site, and hopefully helping ...
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The Code of Conduct image is too SO-oriented

I just visited the shiny new Code of Conduct page on my home site. And was immediately put off by a giant picture of the SO logo, in a style of drawing which I've seen before (maybe on the blog?) and ...
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Would an increase in the positive motivation to take care of newbies be useful?

The new CoC operates mainly with negative motivation, i.e. the unfriendly welcome, particularly to newbies, is forbidden. Violating it results in punishment. Maybe the system could have a positive ...
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Should we award a Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar?

The Random act of kindness Barnstar Wikipedia offers some "Barnstars" which are a different but complementary award mechanism to SE's badges. The key differences are that badges are awarded by the ...
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Is a new Code of Conduct really going to solve the bad rep? Or is it a deeper issue? [closed]

FINAL EDIT Thanks for the great answers explaining the concept behind SE and its goals. However, when it comes to the negative feedback (specifically the downvoting) I think - even in light of the ...