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    • How to behave at this forum

      Preamble
      At Addons.Center participants from all over the world are invited to develop and talk about addons for Kodi. This document offers some guidance
      to ensure Addons.Center participants can cooperate effectively in a positive and inspiring atmosphere, and to explain how together we can strengthen
      and support each other.

      Overview
      This Code of Conduct presents a summary of the shared values and “common sense” thinking we expect from the users of this forum. The basic
      social ingredients that hold this forum together include:
      • Be considerate
      • Be respectful
      • Be collaborative
      • Be pragmatic
      • Support others in the community
      • Get support from others in the community
      Our community is made up of several groups and individuals which can roughly be divided into two groups:
      • Contributors, or those who add value to the Kodi ecosystem through improving the user experience one way or another
      • Users, or those who add value to the project through their support as consumers of the addons
      The community acts according to the standards written down in this Code of Conduct and will defend these standards for the benefit of the community. Moderators of any group, such as mailing lists, IRC channels, forums, etc., will exercise the right to suspend access to any person who persistently breaks our shared Code of Conduct. Suspension go by community vote, although we hope offenders are politely corrected by the community itself.

      Be considerate
      Your actions and work will affect and be used by other people and you in turn will depend on the work and actions of others. Any decision you take will affect other community members, and we expect you to take those consequences into account when making decisions.
      As a contributor, ensure that you give full credit for the work of others and bear in mind how your changes affect others.
      As a user, remember that contributors work hard on their part and take great pride in it. If you are frustrated your problems are more likely to be resolved if you can give accurate and well-mannered information to all concerned.

      Be respectful
      In order for this forum to stay healthy its members must feel comfortable and accepted. Treating one another with respect is absolutely necessary for this. In a disagreement, in the first instance assume that people mean well.We do not tolerate personal attacks, racism, sexism or any other form of discrimination. Disagreement is inevitable, from time to time, but respect for the views of others will go a long way to winning respect for your own view. Respecting other people,their work, their contributions and assuming well-meaning motivation will make members feel comfortable and safe and will result in motivation and productivity.

      We expect members to be respectful when dealing with other contributors, users and communities. Remember that Kodi is an international project and that you may be unaware of important aspects of other cultures.

      Be collaborative
      The Free Software Movement depends on collaboration: it helps limit duplication of effort while improving the quality of the software produced. In order to avoid misunderstanding, try to be clear and concise when requesting help or giving it. Remember it is easy to misunderstand emails (especially when they are not written in your mother tongue). Ask for clarifications if unsure how something is meant; remember the first rule — assume in the first instance that people mean well.

      Developers come and go. When you leave or disengage from KodingAddons, in whole or in part, you should do so with pride about what you have achieved and by acting responsibly towards others who come after you to continue the project.

      As a user, your feedback is important, as is its form. Poorly thought out comments can cause pain and the demotivation of other members, but considerate discussion of problems can bring positive results. An encouraging word works wonders.

      Be pragmatic
      We value tangible results over having the last word in a discussion. We defend our core values like freedom and respectful collaboration, but we don't let arguments about minor issues get in the way of achieving more important results. We are open to suggestions and welcome solutions regardless of their origin. When in doubt support a solution which helps getting things done over one which has theoretical merits, but isn't being worked on.

      Support others in the community
      We believe in mutual respect, collaboration and pragmatic, responsible behavior. Sometimes there are situations where this has to be defended and other members need help. If you witness others being attacked, think first about how you can offer them personal support. If you feel that the situation is beyond your ability to help individually, go privately to the victim and ask if some form of official intervention is needed. When problems do arise, consider respectfully reminding those involved of our shared Code of Conduct as a first action. Leaders are defined by their actions, and can help set a good example by working to resolve issues in the spirit of this Code of Conduct before they escalate.

      Get support from others in the community
      Disagreements, both political and technical, happen all the time. This forum is no exception to the rule. The goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively. You should turn to the community to seek advice and to resolve disagreements and where possible consult the team most directly involved.

      Think deeply before turning a disagreement into a public dispute. If necessary request mediation, trying to resolve differences in a less highly-emotional medium. If you do feel that you or your work is being attacked, take your time to breathe through before writing heated replies. Consider a 24-hour moratorium if emotional language is being used — a cooling off period is sometimes all that is needed. If you really want to go a different way, then we encourage you to publish your ideas and your work, so that it can be tried and tested.


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

      The authors of this document would like to thank the KDE community and those who have worked to create such a dynamic environment to share in and who offered their thoughts and wisdom in the
      authoring of this document. We would also like to thank other vibrant communities that have helped shape this document with their own examples, such as the Ubuntu community and their Code of Conduct.