Code of Conduct
Neo4j is an engaged and respectful community made up of people from all over the world, committed to fostering a productive, harassment-free environment for everyone. Please read the full Neo4j Code of Conduct.
At NODES 2020
Fundamentally, we are committed to fostering a productive, harassment-free environment for everyone. Rather than considering this code an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do, take it in the spirit it’s intended – a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate.
- Be friendly and patient.
- Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, physical appearance, family status, technological or professional choices, academic discipline, religion, mental ability and physical ability.
- Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a worldwide community. You may be communicating with someone with a different primary language or cultural background.
- Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior or poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
- Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other community members. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Violent threats or violent language directed against another person
- Discriminatory jokes and language
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material
- Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”)
- Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
- Repeated harassment of others – in general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop
- Moderate your expectations. Please respect that community members choose how they spend their time on the project. A thoughtful question about your expectations is preferable to demands for another person’s time.
- When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and it happening in our community is no exception. Try to understand where others are coming from, as seeing a question from their viewpoint, may help find a new path forward. And don’t forget that it is human to err: blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, while we can learn from mistakes to find better solutions.
- A simple apology can go a long way. It can often de-escalate a situation, and telling someone that you are sorry is an act of empathy that doesn’t automatically imply an admission of guilt.
If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, please report this in a timely manner. Code of conduct violations reduce the value of the community for everyone and we take them seriously.
You can make a personal report by email: Send a message to email@example.com. Event organizers will respond promptly.