New Decade, New Code of Conduct
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3 min readJan 14, 2020


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As we reflect on a productive 2019 and look forward to a promising 2020, we felt it important to revisit our Contributor Code of Conduct aka the “Rules of the Road” here at is America’s code. As we continue to build this community it is important that we provide an environment that fosters creativity, learning and collaboration.

Since our inception three years ago, has grown tremendously. The growth of our community means greater diversity in all aspects. Therefore it was important for us to update our Code of Conduct to reflect our growing community. We have written a collection of rules, principles, values to better help govern the expectations and behavior of the community that we believe will be the foundation of creating great code. Having done extensive research and consulted with legal counsel, our team considers this document the “gold standard,” that will allow for a safe space to create amazing content.

Our differences are what make us great and allows us to produce great code, so let’s be careful to respect each other. We are all working toward the greater good, so as we begin the new year and a new decade let’s simply be kind to one another. We can’t wait to see the great content that is yet to come!

Please review the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct below and let’s get coding!!

Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Project maintainers 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, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies within all project spaces, and it also applies when an individual is representing the project or its community in public spaces. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the project team at All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at

For answers to common questions about this code of conduct, see