Mozilla Study Groups should be welcoming environments for all participants, regardless of their gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, skill level, preference for text editor or coding langauge, etc. Study Groups should get everyone learning together!
Take some time to think the learning environment you'd like to create by writing a Code of Conduct, also known sometimes as Participation Guidelines. This document describes your ideal Group culture, and defines social norms and responsibilities for members of your Group. The guidelines apply to in person interactions and those that happen online, in forums, chat, via email and in your Study Group repositories.
It may seem unnecessary to have these, but when working in a collaborative group, it is always possible (and maybe inevitable) that tensions may arise! You may have seen this in your own research labs or classes. A Code of Conduct puts people in the right mindset to work together.
A Code of Conduct should:
Who decides what does and does not violate the code? What's an example of how this might be done? As Group Lead, you're primarily responsible for making sure the group goes well, but as you add members, you might ask another trusted member to help you make these decisions.
Refine and Remix Using the information you’ve collected in the brainstorm above, write your own Code of Conduct. Remember, Codes of Conduct are about creating a welcoming and safe, and postive environment as much as they are about discouraging bad behavior. As you write be sure to highight the desired values of the group. You're also welcome to refer to or remix our Code of Conduct.
Share and Discuss If you already have a few members, share these and discuss them, and revise as needed.