Last updated: June 21st, 2023
We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other similar characteristic.
Do not use homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, ableist, and other reactionary aliases or other nicknames. "Ironic" prejudice is just prejudice.
Please "remember the human" and be kind to your fellow leftists.
Respect that people have differences of opinion and that every leftist has a place in our community. Discussing differences in theory is fine and encouraged, just don't make it personal. Remember: Sectarianism is liberalism.
Do not publish, comment, message, or post personally identifiable information about other users. We also strongly discourage posting any personally identifiable information about yourself.
We will ban you if you insult, demean or harass anyone. That is not welcome behavior. This is distinctly different than ribbing or grilling someone.
Private harassment is also unacceptable. No matter who you are, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact one of the comm mod's or any of the sitemod team immediately. Whether you're a regular user or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you and we've got your back.
Likewise any spamming, trolling, flaming, baiting or other attention-stealing behavior is not welcome and will be banned.
We are a platform that welcomes anyone who wants to be here in good faith. With that said, we are also an intentionally leftist platform; conservative and reactionary ideologies will not be tolerated here.
We do not platform fascists and refuse to engage in any form of debate with them on this platform. If you don't understand why engaging in debates with fascists is a terrible idea, go ask in one of the communities and/or use a search engine.
Direct calls to violence that target specific identifiable living individuals are not permitted on Hexbear.net. You can express your anger over landlords, slaveowners, etc, but try to phrase it in a way that focuses on the institution they represent. This policy also applies to any specific organizational bodies and groups (eg the DNC).
Don't post anything illegal under the laws of the USA, the UK, or your country of residence, or encourage others to break the law. Don't confess to crimes online.
Hexbear is not a mental health service. Posts/ comments about an active mental health crisis will be removed when they are brought to our attention. Our mod team is not equipped to provide mental healthcare, others can be harmed/triggered and trolls weaponize these events. If you’re having an emergency, you can find a directory of hotline numbers here.
Moderators of individual communities may require additional rules ontop of this code of conduct.
We reserve the right to ban users and remove content for reasons not listed in this code of conduct at a moderator's discretion. Trying to "technically" be just within the bounds of acceptable behavior will likely still result in a ban if its consistent behavior. Rule-policing is still policing, ACAB.
Any pictures of food containing animal products, including but not limited to meat, cheese, or egg, must be tagged nsfw along with food discussion content warnings (CW: Food).
Animal Liberation is essential to any leftist movement, including platforms like Hexbear. Volunteers, comments, and posts, should not be anti-vegan, although users and volunteers are not required to be vegan.
Any discussions may be opted out of by disengaging.
Direct links to reactionary sources are not permitted; use an archiver tool like https://archive.today instead.
Airbud Double Negative Rule
You may still be banned from the site even if there is no rule saying you can't do something. We reserve the right to remove individuals as needed.
Hexbear staff, devs, mods, and admins are people just like you. We appreciate your kindness, understanding and patience just as much as you appreciate ours.
Help the mods avoid burnout
Interacting with Developers and other Staff
Don't act like staff or devs if you're not staff or devs. Don't speak for the staff or try to act on their behalf. Do not make commitments or speak for the labor of the dev team. Guessing at how a mod or admin would respond to a given situation is a good way to start people speculating wildly about mods intentions and trying to interpret the meaning of things that we have not actually said. The mods can speak for themselves.
Hexbear is an open-source project of volunteers. This means that development of new features and bug fixes happens gradually as folks find time to pitch in. If you feel strongly about prioritizing a feature or bug, please visit !hexbear to learn how to get started with contributing to development.
We are always looking for software feedback and suggestions, but please be courteous when doing so. Posts demanding new features or insulting the dev team for not building something "fast enough" will be removed and violates the Code of Conduct. We have zero tolerance for abusive behavior directed towards developers.
These are the policies for upholding our community's standards of conduct. If you feel that a thread needs moderation, please contact the Hexbear moderation team and/or report the content.
If a mod has to take action on your post or comment, take their advice, quit doing the thing, and get on with your life. Do not:
In the Hexbear community we strive to go the extra step to look out for each other. Don't just aim to be technically unimpeachable, try to be your best self. In particular, avoid flirting with offensive or sensitive issues, particularly if they're off-topic; this all too often leads to unnecessary fights, hurt feelings, and damaged trust; worse, it can drive people away from the community entirely.
If someone takes issue with something you said or did, resist the urge to be defensive. Just stop doing what it was they complained about and apologize. Even if you feel you were misinterpreted or unfairly accused, chances are good there was something you could've communicated better --- remember that it's your responsibility to make others comfortable. Everyone wants to get along and we are all here first and foremost because we want to shitpost in a leftist community. You will find that people will be eager to assume good intent and forgive as long as you earn their trust.
The enforcement policies listed above apply to all official Hexbear venues; including git repositories under our project and all comms under Hexbear.net. For other projects adopting the Rust Code of Conduct, please contact the maintainers of those projects for enforcement. If you wish to use this code of conduct for your own project, consider explicitly mentioning your moderation policy or making a copy with your own moderation policy so as to avoid confusion.
Hexbear reserves the right to update this Code of Conduct without prior notification or warning at any time. For major changes, we might post in announcements, but have no obligation to do so. Users should check back periodically to remain familiar with current conduct standards.
That last paragraph just means we can update the code of conduct and adapt as we go.
Last Updated: June 21st, 2023
This warrant canary will be updated periodically. Previous versions can be viewed in the page revisions.
We have not placed any backdoors into our software and have not received any requests for doing so.
Pay close attention to any modifications to the previous paragraph between updates to this statement.