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Code of Conduct

The Trustlines Network ecosystem is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment.

This code of conduct applies to all Trustlines Network spaces. Including the Trustlines Forum, the /r/Trustlines subreddit, the community Trustlines Network Telegram group, and any future ones not listed here, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the admins and moderators.

Some Trustlines Network spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Our Pledge

We as members, contributors, and leaders pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, visible or invisible disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity, and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, caste, color, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

We pledge to be vigilant and supportive of our peers if they experience discrimination, harassment, or victimization.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our community

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience
  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals but for the overall community
  • Keep comments on-topic (note that we have an Uncategorized section at the Trustlines Forum for off-topic discussion)
  • All comments at the Trustlines Forum should be in English to preserve understanding in the community unless a forum section is created specifically for the non-English language you would like to post in. If you would like an area created for your non-English language, and one does not already exist, please contact an admin or a moderator at the Trustlines Forum and ask.

Examples of unacceptable behavior

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information. Such as a physical, email, Ethereum, or any other account address, without their explicit permission.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Furthermore, harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person's lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of 'dead' or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they're not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "hug" or "backrub") without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate "outing" of any aspect of a person's identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

Enforcement Responsibilities

Community admins and moderators are responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behavior. They will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Community admins and moderators have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate.


This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces and also applies when an individual is officially representing the community in public spaces.

Examples of representing our community

  • Using an official email address.
  • Posting via an official social media account.
  • Acting as an (appointed) representative of the ecosystem at an online or offline event.

This code of conduct applies to Trustlines Network spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of Trustlines Network outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Trustlines Network members, especially the admins and moderators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the Trustlines Network community based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Trustlines Network spaces and behavior towards people who are not in the Trustlines Network community.


All community admins and moderators are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the admins and moderators at the Trustlines Forum, Trustlines sub-reddit, the community Trustlines Network Telegram group, or to If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

In order to protect the admins and moderators from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we've received harassment complaints or privately warn third parties about them if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Trustlines Network members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Enforcement Guidelines

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Community admins and moderators will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

Community Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.

Consequence: A private, written warning from community admins and moderators, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested.

2. Warning

Community Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.

Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions in community spaces as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Community Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior.

Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period of time. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Community Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0, available at and the anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

Community Impact Guidelines were inspired by Mozilla's code of conduct consequence ladder.

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