## The rules
These are the behaviors we don’t tolerate.
### Serious offenses
Users who commit these offences will be immediately banned from the official Obsidian community channels.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, as well as sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual or romantic attention.
We don’t tolerate any threats, physically or verbally. For example, threatening to publicize sensitive information about someone’s personal life.
#### Blatant -isms
This includes saying things that are explicitly racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. For example, arguing that some people are less intelligent because of their gender, race or religion. Small mistakes made in conversation aren't code of conduct violations. However, repeating something after it has been pointed out to you, or antagonizing or arguing with someone who has pointed out your subtle -ism is considered a minor offense.
### Other offenses
Users who commit these offences will be sent a warning. Repeated offences will result in the user being banned from the official Obsidian community channels.
Belligerence is deliberately attempting to make others feel bad, name-calling, singling out others for derision or exclusion. For example, telling someone they’re not a real programmer or that they don’t belong.
#### Being especially unpleasant
For example, if we’ve received reports from multiple members of annoying or rude behavior.
#### Unsolicited messages to team or moderators
This includes unsolicited tagging, "pinging", or direct messaging Obsidian team staff and moderators for questions, bug reports, and feature requests. As much as we want to help everyone, we have a sizeable community, and the team's attention must be reserved for critical matters. You can ping or direct message members of the team for things like security-related issues or to report violations of the community code of conduct. Otherwise, please post about the issue in an appropriate channel on the forum or the Discord server.
### Other behaviors
While the following behaviors don’t result in a ban or warning, we strongly discourage you from engaging in them. They will greatly increase the risk of [[#being especially unpleasant]].
[Sea-lioning](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealioning) means continuously pursuing an agenda by questioning and provoking other members. Individual provocations and questions are often perfectly acceptable, but in the case of sea-lioning, they accumulate to unhealthy levels, creating a hostile and negative conversation.
#### "Feed me"
"Feed me" means asking others to solve problems for you without putting in any effort yourself. This is particularly egregious when the problem-solving is non-trivial and yet the user begs for someone else to do the work for them.
Campaigning is continuously making the same requests. This applies to both feature requests and to requests for help. Don’t post the same question in multiple places in short time frames, and don’t ask developers for the same features or bug fixes repeatedly.
#### Excessive self promotion
We encourage sharing what you made, for example guides, videos, utilities, and tools. It's awesome to see what Obsidian users are up to. As a content creator, it’s inevitable that you will link to your own creations.
**Exclusive** self promotion is the promoting and linking of your or others' content and initiatives without contributing to the community otherwise. We won’t tolerate users whose only purpose in the community is to post links or solicitations to initiatives outside the community. Depending on the case, links may be removed, or warnings given.
**Excessive** self promotion is a judgement call. Please be respectful of the community and prioritize active community participation before linking. We reserve the right to remove links we think breach this guideline.
Note that linking to paid content made by oneself will be scrutinized even closely, as the likelihood of conflict of interest is highest with this type of content.
Do not directly message any of our community member without asking for consent first. It’s okay to ask publicly if you have a question.
## Encouraged behaviors
Over the years of running the official Obsidian community channels, we’ve noticed some behaviors that positively contribute to the community.
If you’re looking to improve your communication skills as well as becoming a better community citizen, consider doing the following:
- **Try before asking**: before asking for help, please first try searching the help docs and Discord/forum history to see if the question has already been asked. Help others help you, by sharing what you've already tried.
- **Keep an open mind**: because of how customizable Obsidian can be, some people might have a completely different set-up or workflow from you. Don’t judge others for their choices.
- **Step away when heated**: the community is a place for us to grow together, not a debate competition. If a discussion escalates into an argument, try your best to step away and leave the conversation.
We at Obsidian want to create the best community for knowledge management. We want everyone to be able to seek help, help others, and share their experience, without fear or embarrassment.
In order to get there, all of our members are expected to be nice to each other in all interactions, whether it's on our Discord server or on our forum.
"Be nice" is a vague instruction, though. To make sure we're on the same page what's nice and what's not, we've adopted the code of conduct above.
As the community grows, we can't rely on all members to be nice, although the vast majority of our members show exceptional respect towards each other. Adopting a more formal code of conduct — and enforcing it — helps maintain a vital and healthy community.
## Please report violations
The code of conduct is enforced by our moderators, but we can't monitor every single interaction in the official Obsidian community channels. This is why we rely on our members to help us improve the official Obsidian community channels by reporting violations of our code of conduct.
Even if you're not the victim, you can still report violations as a witness.
We'll keep the identity of the reporter as confidential as we can.
### Report on Discord
In \#bots-land-mute-me channel, or any other channel, type `/moderation report @offenderName Please write your reason here`. Your message will disappear immediately, and a report will be sent to our moderator only channel.
### Report on the forum
Please flag the relevant conversation with a reason, and our moderators will investigate.
> [!abstract] Summary
> A verified serious offense results in an immediate ban.
> A verified other offense results in a warning; after that a second verified violation results in a ban.
If our moderators witness or receive a report about [[#serious offenses]], we will contact the offender to have a conversation with them and verify what has happened. If verified, they will be removed from the official Obsidian community channels.
If our moderators witness or receive a report about [[#other offenses]], we will contact the member involved to explain why their behavior was unacceptable, and warn them that a second code of conduct violation will result in us removing them from the official Obsidian community channels.
Our Code of Conduct is heavily based on [Recurse Center's Code of Conduct](https://www.recurse.com/code-of-conduct).
- 2023-10-28: Moved blatant -isms from "Other offenses" to "Serious offenses", meaning they’re now bannable on first offense.