PgOSM Flex Community Code of Conduct

Why have a Code of Conduct?

Online communities include people from many different backgrounds. The PgOSM Flex contributors are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or similar personal characteristic.

The first goal of the Code of Conduct is to specify a baseline standard of behavior so that people with different social values and communication styles can talk about PgOSM Flex effectively, productively, and respectfully.

The second goal is to provide a mechanism for resolving conflicts in the community when they arise.

The third goal of the Code of Conduct is to make our community welcoming to people from different backgrounds. Diversity is critical to the project; for PgOSM Flex to be successful, it needs contributors and users from all backgrounds.

With that said, a healthy community must allow for disagreement and debate. The Code of Conduct is not a mechanism for people to silence others with whom they disagree.

Where does the Code of Conduct apply?

If you participate in or contribute to the PgOSM Flex ecosystem in any way, you are encouraged to follow the Code of Conduct while doing so.

Explicit enforcement of the Code of Conduct applies to the PgOSM Flex GitHub project and code reviews.


These are the values to which people in the PgOSM Flex should aspire.

  • Be friendly and welcoming
  • Be patient
    • Remember that people have varying communication styles and that not everyone is using their native language. (Meaning and tone can be lost in translation.)
  • Be thoughtful
    • Productive communication requires effort. Think about how your words will be interpreted.
    • Remember that sometimes it is best to refrain entirely from commenting.
  • Be respectful
    • In particular, respect differences of opinion.
  • Be charitable
    • Interpret the arguments of others in good faith, do not seek to disagree.
    • When we do disagree, try to understand why.
  • Avoid destructive behavior:
    • Derailing: stay on topic; if you want to talk about something else, start a new conversation.
    • Unconstructive criticism: don't merely decry the current state of affairs; offer—or at least solicit—suggestions as to how things may be improved.
    • Snarking (pithy, unproductive, sniping comments)
    • Discussing potentially offensive or sensitive issues unless directly technically relevant; this all too often leads to unnecessary conflict.
    • Microaggressions: brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults to a person or group.

People are complicated. You should expect to be misunderstood and to misunderstand others; when this inevitably occurs, resist the urge to be defensive or assign blame. Try not to take offense where no offense was intended. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Even if the intent was to provoke, do not rise to it. It is the responsibility of all parties to de-escalate conflict when it arises.

Unwelcome behavior

These actions are explicitly forbidden in PgOSM Flex spaces:

  • Insulting, demeaning, hateful, or threatening remarks.
  • Discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or similar personal characteristic.
  • Bullying or systematic harassment.
  • Revealing private information about other participants without explicit permission ("doxxing").
  • Unwelcome sexual advances.
  • Incitement to any of these.


The PgOSM Flex spaces are not free speech venues; they are for discussion about PgOSM Flex.

When using the PgOSM Flex spaces you should act in the spirit of the values. If you conduct yourself in a way that is explicitly forbidden by the CoC, you will be warned and asked to stop. If you do not stop, you will be removed from our community spaces temporarily. Repeated, willful breaches of the CoC will result in a permanent ban.

Reporting issues

The PgOSM Flex maintainers are responsible for handling conduct-related issues. Their goal is to de-escalate conflicts and try to resolve issues to the satisfaction of all parties.

If you encounter a conduct-related issue, you should report it to the maintainers by sending them an email. In the event that you wish to make a complaint against a maintainer, you may instead contact the other maintainers.

Note that the goal of the Code of Conduct and the maintainers is to resolve conflicts in the most harmonious way possible. We hope that in most cases issues may be resolved through polite discussion and mutual agreement. Bans and other forceful measures are to be employed only as a last resort.

Changes to the Code of Conduct should be proposed as pull requests.


  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
  • Be thoughtful in how you communicate.
  • Don’t be destructive or inflammatory.
  • If you encounter an issue, please mail the maintainers.


This document is based on the OpenStreetMap Carto Code of Conduct, which in turn has parts derived from the Code of Conduct documents of the Go Community, Django, FreeBSD, and Rust projects.

This document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.