Code of Conduct (COC)

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This Code of Conduct covers your behavior as a member of the Joomla! community, in any forum, mailing list, Wiki, web site, IRC channel, install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence.

  • 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 we expect you to take those consequences into account when making decisions. For example, when we are in a feature freeze, please don't upload dramatically new versions of critical system software, as other people will be testing the frozen system and not be expecting big changes.


  • Be respectful - Treat one another, and members of the community, with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to Joomla!. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and 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. We expect the members of Joomla! community to be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside projects and initiative, and with users of same. Avoid becoming involved in flame wars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments. Take the matters "outside" (off-list, etc) if it helps resolve the situation but do not use communal methods of communication to be a vehicle for your private "wall of shame".
  • Be collaborative - Joomla! is Free Software and about collaboration and working together. Collaboration reduces redundancy of work done in the Free Software world, and improves the quality of the software produced. You should aim to collaborate with other project maintainers, as well as with the upstream community that is interested in the work you do. Your work should be done transparently and patches from projects should be given back to the community when they are made, not just when the distribution releases. If you wish to work on new code for existing upstream projects, at least keep those projects informed of your ideas and progress. It may not be possible to get consensus from upstream or even from your colleagues about the correct implementation of an idea, so don't feel obliged to have that agreement before you begin, but at least keep the outside world informed of your work, and publish your work in a way that allows outsiders to test, discuss and contribute to your efforts.

­* When you disagree, consult others - Disagreements, both political and technical, happen all the time and Joomla! is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively. You should turn to the community and to the community process to seek advice and to resolve disagreements. There are also several working groups and coordinators, who may be able to help you figure out which direction will be most acceptable.

­* When you are unsure, ask for help - nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect. Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum. Off-topic questions, such as requests for help on a development mailing list, detract from productive discussion.

­* Step down considerately - People on every project come and go and Joomla! is no different. When you leave or disengage from the community, in whole or in part, we ask that you do so in a way that minimises disruption to the project. This means you should tell people you are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where you leave off.

­* Be Available - Check your emails regularly and answer them promptly, even if it's "I'll get back to you".

­* Be Honest - Sometimes the hardest thing to say is "no" or admit you've forgotten do something. Be honest with each other and yourself with regards to what you say and what you can realistically commit to.

Note: This Code of conduct has been derived from Ubuntu CoC, used with permission.