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The rOpenSci community is supported by our Code of Conduct with a clear description of unacceptable behaviors,
instructions on how to make a report, and information on how reports are handled. We, the Code of Conduct Committee,
are responsible for receiving, investigating, deciding, enforcing and reporting on all reports of potential
violations of our Code. We are committed to transparency with our community while upholding the privacy
of people who experience or report incidents.

In 2023, we received one Code of Conduct incident report.

Summary of reported incident

  • Description of the incident: We received a Code of Conduct report regarding sharing a paywalled article in Slack. After review, we found that this conversation did not violate the Code of Conduct guidelines. The conversation was voluntarily deleted from Slack by its participants.
  • Community space: Slack

This code of conduct belongs to the community. We welcome your feedback at any time by emailing conduct@ropensci.org.

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Continue reading: rOpenSci 2023 Code of Conduct Transparency Report

Understanding the rOpenSci Code of Conduct and its Implications

The rOpenSci community operates with a defined Code of Conduct that describes unacceptable behaviors, provides instructions for making a report, and outlines how these reports are handled. The Code of Conduct Committee is responsible for maintaining, evaluating, and enforcing this code, ensuring ethical behavior within the community. In 2023, the committee reviewed and resolved one incidence report related to sharing a paywalled article over Slack, demonstrating a commitment to upholding the rules of the community.

Long-term Implications

Having a strong and crystal-clear Code of Conduct within any community paves the way for an environment that respects and upholds ethical guidelines. This incident report showcases the active engagement by the Code of Conduct Committee in maintaining these standards, even when violations come from seemingly smaller activities like content sharing.

In the future, the rOpenSci community will likely continue to uphold these ethical standards to maintain a positive and respectful atmosphere. This involves thorough investigation of any reported incidents and their efficient handling to ensure uncompromised compliance.

Potential Future Developments

As digital interactions evolve, there may be new forms of conduct that communities have to address. The rOpenSci community’s procedure of analyzing each report on a case-by-case basis provides flexibility to adapt to these emerging trends. However, updating the Code of Conduct to include potential new areas of violations might be necessary as prominent issues arise.

  • Developments in chat platforms’ features could lead to potential new sources of violations like multimedia sharing, usage of emoticons or graphics, among others.
  • Moving forward, there might also be added considerations around context sensitivity and cultural differences as global online communities expand further.
  • The evolution of cybersecurity can present new challenges for Slack groups and other similar spaces, and new provisions may need to be incorporated into the Code of Conduct.

Actionable Advice

Ensure Regular Review and Update of the Code: This is critical to adapt to evolving digital interaction practices. The committee should stay informed about emerging forms of conduct, both positive and negative.

Maintain Transparency: As evident from this incident reporting and its resolution, transparency increases trust within the community. Continue sharing summaries of incident reports as feasible while respecting involved parties’ privacy.

Active Community Participation: Encourage members to be active participants in maintaining the Code of Conduct, including reporting potential violations and giving feedback on the Code itself.

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