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Code of Conduct

FYP WIKI Code of Conduct # is an inclusive community wiki dedicated to empowering youth advocacy, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our shared purpose is to provide a platform for young people and youth organizations to connect, contribute their knowledge, and drive positive social change.

As a community-driven wiki, all contributors and users do so voluntarily, motivated by a desire to create a vibrant resource that amplifies youth voices on issues that matter to them. This Code of Conduct reflects our community's values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration and youth empowerment.

By familiarizing yourself with the guidelines here, you are helping create a welcoming environment that encourages meaningful youth participation and impact.

Common sense introduction #

  • When asking for help, read the manual, do your research and provide details for those you are asking for assistance.
  • When offering help, be as patient and tactful as possible.

Arch is a community of volunteers. Rather than providing a complicated pattern of balanced freedoms and restrictions, as well as the time, resources and personnel required to interpret and administer such rules, we have chosen a simple principle to embrace for the benefit of all. Therefore, this entire document may be condensed into one simple admonition:

Proactively seek to give of yourself and to bring only benefit to your peers and community.

Code of conduct #

Core Principles #

  • Embrace diversity and practice inclusion. Treat all individuals with respect regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status.
  • Engage constructively and assume positive intent. Approach discussions openly, focus on ideas rather than individuals, and seek to understand different perspectives. Avoid personal attacks or excessive negativity.
  • Contribute productively. Share knowledge, experiences, and ideas that enrich the community. Provide helpful information to support youth causes and movements. Build upon the work of others.
  • Empower youth leadership. Support and elevate youth voices. Encourage young people to take initiative in advocating for their communities and driving the wiki's mission forward.
  • Protect individual safety and privacy. Respect others' privacy and personal information. Do not engage in or encourage doxxing, harassment, illegal activities or other harmful behaviors.
  • Collaborate across boundaries. Seek opportunities to work with other youth, organizations and movements to expand collective impact. Avoid disparaging other groups engaged in good-faith efforts.
  • Focus on solutions and impact. Prioritize content and discussions that enable youth to take concrete actions, mobilize their communities, and create meaningful change. Avoid unproductive venting or circling on problems.

Respect other users #

ForYouPage.Org is a respectful, inclusive community. Anti-social or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated. Simply put, treat others as you would be treated; respect them and their views, even if you disagree with them. When you do find yourself disagreeing; counter the idea or the argument, rather than engage in ad hominem attacks.

Respect the staff #

Support staff have been chosen for their ability to exercise consistently good judgement and shall have the final say. Note that ForYouPage.Org is not run as a democracy. The staff shall always attempt to implement universally peaceful solutions, but in the end, are charged with the responsibility of maintaining peaceful, civil order for the majority of the community. Therefore, they cannot always please everyone with the decisions made. Do your part to contribute to a healthy community and environment.

No trolling #

A “troll” is a person who misuses their forum freedoms to intentionally disrupt, cause controversy, incite an argument, and/or receive negative attention by deliberately posting provocative content. The term may also be used as a verb, to refer to the act of posting such content, or as a noun, to refer the content itself.

Trolls can be deceitful and frequently use indirect expressions of hostility through ambivalence and implicit messages as a method of covertly insulting, intimidating, or inciting a person or persons for their own sadistic pleasure. They often pick their words very carefully and are therefore able to defend their masked attempts at creating unrest, redirecting the blame onto the community and its supposed failure to understand them properly. Trolling is prohibited.

Do not flame #

Flaming, in the most common sense definition, is directing negative, disrespectful, and/or insulting comments toward someone. An equally or more negative response, resulting in a cycling exchange of insults is often the consequence. Flaming fellow members (including the Arch team) will not be tolerated. Avoid personal insults and sarcastic or patronizing language. Discussions can be productive, but quarreling is always destructive.

Be responsible #

If an interpersonal issue arises, be open-minded to the possibility that your behaviour or intent, actual or perceived, may have contributed to the problem. ForYouPage.Org users are encouraged to cultivate self awareness and remain peaceable toward their peers. Taking responsibility for our actions is often a good first step toward a peaceful reconciliation.


Prohibited Behaviors #

  • Hate speech, bigotry or prejudiced attacks
  • Bullying, harassment, threats or stalking
  • Sexually explicit content or unwanted sexual advances
  • Glorifying self-harm, suicide, eating disorders or substance abuse
  • Doxing or revealing personal information without consent
  • Intentionally disruptive or derailing behavior (trolling, flaming, etc.)
  • Sockpuppetry, impersonation or spam
  • Encouraging or facilitating illegal activities
  • Unauthorized advertising or solicitation

Examples of unwanted behaviour #

From the guiding principles outlined above, it follows that the following points are a (by far non-exclusive) list of forbidden behaviour.

Criminal solicitation #

Criminal solicitation is forbidden in this community. In this context, “criminal solicitation” shall mean, “To actively or implicitly facilitate, incite, move, or persuade others to some act of lawlessness or illegal activity.”

Therefore do not post discussions which demonstrate, or link to, criminal solicitation in any form. This includes, but is not limited to information or links to facilitate illegal drug use, theft, network intrusion, creation of code for malicious purposes, prohibited software copying, prohibited use of copyrighted/patented material, so-called “warez”, or sites which provide torrents or links to such content. Illegal content shall be removed swiftly and dealt with in full accordance with known applicable law.

Spam/Advertising/Solicitation #

Spamming is forbidden. Please alert staff to the presence of spam should you encounter it. Offending spam accounts and associated IP addresses will be banned. Do not reply to spam posts as it increases the amount of work required to clean them up.

Publicity, if it is related to Arch (as a project or community) or GNU/Linux/FOSS, will usually be allowed. Promoting web-invites, blog posts or commercial promotions are actively discouraged, or outright prohibited. Registering just to promote your issue/cause, FOSS-related or not, treats the community as a resource and is not acceptable; if unsure about the appropriateness of your content, contact the support staff before posting. Also be aware that posting shortened/obscured links is a technique of spammers and deliberately inhibits the communities ability to judge the propriety of the link. Therefore, only post links that include a clear destination.

Sockpuppetry #

Limit your fora membership to one account only. Having multiple accounts is an unnecessary use of resources. Further, it may be interpreted as trolling behaviour.

Any form of sockpuppetry or impersonation is prohibited.

Personal topics/rants #

Rants and complaints are actively discouraged. This type of content is much better suited to a blog or other personal web space and is considered undesirable in the Arch community. Your contributions should be open, productive and inviting to all participants. Also see Respect other operating systems and projects.

Controversy/controversial topics #

There is no explicit list of topics considered to be “trollish”, controversial or provocative, but in the past, posts pertaining to Religion, Sports, Race, Nationalism and Politics have invariably been closed. Therefore, specifically avoid these and all divisive topics in the Arch community. The staff certainly realize that such issues are deeply ingrained human realities. However, this is a technical community and is not intended nor able to effectively facilitate such commentary nor the resulting unrest.

Ineffective discussion (“bikeshed”) #

Discussions stating the equivalent of “there is a problem with the Arch system and methodology, we need to discuss it” (sometimes referred to as “bikeshedding”) have been repeatedly proven ineffective and inflammatory and will usually be closed down after a warning from the support staff. Arch is a Do It Yourself community. If you have identified a systemic issue, find a solution that works for you, implement it, then post.

Furthermore, questioning or discussing the methods used by the FYP development team will be monitored closely and locked or removed if deemed unhelpful and/or unproductive. Harsh, unproductive criticism is also uncalled for.

If you have a question regarding Arch development, ensure that your topic poses a specific question and be open-minded to responses. If possible, provide a solution or partial solution. Submitting code and patches for discussion is always more pragmatic than asking others to do it for you.

Enforcement #

If you encounter prohibited behavior or content, please flag it for review by wiki moderators using the 'Report' function. You can also email for urgent issues. All reports will be kept confidential.

Moderators will review reports promptly and take appropriate action, which may include content removal, account suspension or banning, depending on severity. Decisions can be appealed by contacting the admin team.

Contacting the staff #

If you feel that an egregious oversight has been made, or if you need to alert the staff of any abusive behaviour, there are a number of ways you can ask for assistance or redress. These include:

Further reading #

In addition to the above points, there are general guidelines outside of the terms of service that are specific to each of the community fora and contain useful information on how to conduct oneself on the respective communication channel.

All users agree to review the current guidelines before any use of any of the communication channels.

This Code of Conduct will evolve together with our community. We welcome your input to ensure it continues serving the wiki's mission and values. Thank you for helping keep a safe, vibrant and impactful space for youth-driven change!