Why have a code of conduct?
Our goal is to create the best community in India for becoming a better investor. We want every member of the Capitalmind community to be able to focus their full attention on becoming better at managing their finances. For this, a code of conduct is important that amplifies good debate, but at the same time discourages ill-will. It goes without saying that any defamatory, abusive and inciteful content has no place at Capitalmind. We request all members to read through this Code of Conduct and by continuing to use any Capitalmind services you agree to uphold the Code of Conduct.
Here are some key things to remember as you communicate:
- Discuss topics in their respective channels. If confused, please ask in the #helpdesk channel.
- Be respectful and courteous to each other. When you disagree with someone, do so constructively. We encourage you to refer to how to disagree. As the author writes, “the greatest benefit of disagreeing well is not just that it will make conversations better, but that it will make the people who have them happier”.
- Refrain from personal abuse, vituperative comments, or conversations marked as “unacceptable behaviour” below.
- Assume goodwill. Sometimes conversations in text are misunderstood as aggressive, but in most cases, they tend to be a wrong choice of words. Assume goodwill.
- The code of conduct is enforced by the community’s administrators. The administrators will use their judgement and discretion to enforce the Code of Conduct.
The following types of behaviour are unacceptable at Capitalmind and constitute code of conduct violations.
- Harassment of any nature including without limitation offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, as well as sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, and unwelcome sexual or romantic attention.
- Threats – directly or indirectly threatening someone physically or verbally. For example, threatening to publicize sensitive information about someone’s personal life.
- Blatant-isms – directly or indirectly saying things that are explicitly racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. For example, arguing that some people are less intelligent because of their gender, race, religion, or political orientation. Small mistakes made in conversation are not code of conduct violations. However, repeating something after it has been pointed out to you that you broke a social rule, or antagonizing or arguing with someone who has pointed out your ill-will is considered unwelcoming behaviour, and is not allowed at Capitalmind.
- Maliciousness towards other Capitalmind members – deliberately attempting to make others feel bad, name-calling, singling out others for derision or exclusion. For example, telling someone that they’re not a real investor or that they don’t belong at Capitalmind.
- Being especially unpleasant – for example, if we’ve received reports from multiple members of annoying, rude or especially distracting behaviour. Don’t troll, name call, or engage in ad hominem attacks.
- Discussing unwelcome topics – while sharing information and ideas helps build community, disrupting our investing community to have a raging debate over politics or the latest provocative news story irrelevant to a channel does not.
Capitalmind members are held to the standards outlined in this code of conduct when interacting in the physical Capitalmind space, at Capitalmind-run events, and online on Capitalmind community tools like Slack. By continuing to use Capitalmind, you agree to uphold our code of conduct.
We’ve categorized unacceptable behaviour into abuse and unwelcome behaviour in the section above.
If we witness or receive a report about abusive behaviour, we may contact the person to have a conversation with them and verify what has transpired, and they may be removed from the Capitalmind community such as Slack and be banned from future events/meet-ups.
If we witness or receive a report about unwelcome behaviour, we will contact the member involved to explain why their behaviour was unacceptable, and warn them that a repeated code of conduct violations will result in us removing them from the Capitalmind Slack community.
Here are a few disclaimers:
- Capitalmind reserves the right to remove content at any time for any reason. It is at our sole discretion to decide when content violates our code of conduct and to take the appropriate corrective measures accordingly which may range from a gentle warning to initiating legal action against a member.
- When community members share their individual and subjective opinions, they are theirs alone and not of Capitalmind. We do not endorse or subscribe to any of the opinions expressed by members and by continuing to use Capitalmind you agree not to hold us accountable for the same.
If you see a violation of our code of conduct, please report it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should I report?
- You are responsible for making Capitalmind a safe, comfortable and productive space for everyone. Everyone in our community shares this responsibility. Capitalmind administrators are not around all the time, so we cannot enforce the code of conduct without your help.
- The Capitalmind community only works because of the shared trust between members. Reporting code of conduct violations helps us identify when this trust is broken, to prevent that from happening in the future.
Last updated October 2020