Pharyngula:Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct for #pharyngula on

By popular demand, we are implementing an Official(TM) Code of Conduct for our community.


If you feel someone is violating the CoC, please feel free to message one of the moderators. Depending on the IRC client you are using, moderators may have an @, &, or ~ symbol next to their nicknames. At the time of this writing, the #pharyngula moderators are:

General guidelines

  1. Ignorance of the Code of Conduct is not a defense.
  2. Don't be an asshole.
  3. If someone asks you to stop whatever you're doing, do so.
    1. See general guideline 2
  4. If you violate the CoC, you will be warned once. If you continue to be in violation of the CoC, you will then be banned. The decisions of the moderators are final, arguing (particularly via PM) will not incline us to look favorably upon your case.
  5. Claims of infringement of free speech are automatically invalid. You are entitled to say what you like, the #pharyngula community is entitled to react accordingly. You are not entitled to a platform for bullshit.

Specific guidelines

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. If someone asks you to leave them alone, do it.

We do not tolerate derogatory language including but not limited to slut-shaming, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and fatphobic slurs. We do however believe that in some cases, mocking caricatures of these *isms can be effective catalysts for change. This distinction is left to the moderators' discretion, and being asked to stop should be given the weight it deserves. This list may not be comprehensive, feel free to message the moderators with questions or suggestions.

Lively, respectful discussion and debate of various controversial topics is not only acceptable but encouraged. Derailing, tone policing, concern trolling, sea lioning, and "JAQ'ing off" will not be tolerated.

Tagging URLs as necessary with NSFW, Content Warnings (CWs), and/or Trigger Warnings (TWs) is strongly encouraged. Err on the side of caution if you are unsure and apply liberally, there's no harm in being conservative and over-warning. Generally speaking content is considered NSFW if it is not something you would want a supervisor to see (this is not limited to images containing nudity!)

Pungent language is explicitly encouraged.

Bottom line

Seriously, just don't be an asshole. We all have privilege to some degree, and no one is going to eviscerate you for accidentally "getting it wrong", provided you are willing to acknowledge that you got it wrong and work to do better next time.