The ROS Code of Conduct draws heavily from the work of other open source software communities and tries to synthesize their efforts to address the specific needs of the ROS community. In particular, we draw heavily from the following prior work.
It is worth noting that this is a living document to be used to protect community members. It should not be interpreted as a hard and fast legal guide for community behavior. Instead, it should be interpreted as broad outline of acceptable and unacceptable behavior, how to report unacceptable behavior, and how it will be dealt with.
The ROS Code of Conduct is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
This guide applies to all people, events, web properties, communication media, and source code repositories administered by Open Robotics and the ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee. This includes but is not limited to:
If you administer a ROS affiliated organization outside of the organizations
listed above and would like to adopt this code of conduct for your own project
please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will require the contact
information for at least one administrator for your project.
Outside organizations that have adopted this code of conduct include the following organizations.
The ROS community is made up of members from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that our community experiences great successes and continued growth. When you’re working with members of the community, this Code of Conduct will help steer your interactions and keep ROS a positive, successful, and growing community.
Members of the ROS community are open, considerate, and respectful. Behaviors that reinforce these values contribute to a positive environment, and include:
Every member of our community has the right to have their identity respected. The ROS community is dedicated to providing a positive experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion (or lack thereof), education, or socio-economic status.
Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
Community members asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.
No weapons are allowed at ROS physical events. Weapons include but are not limited to explosives (including fireworks), guns, and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon.
The Code of Conduct Team is responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behavior and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.
The Code of Conduct Team has 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.
The Code of Conduct Team consists of three volunteers from the ROS community. Optimally, these members are located at multiple locations across the globe to provide for the timely response to conduct questions and violations, and provide native language support as best we can. The Conduct Team members serve a two year term with replacements nominated by the ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee. The Conduct Team works to adjudicate conduct violations using a consensus model. For most situations, that is those that don’t require an immediate response, the Conduct Team will issue reports and enforcement actions representing the consensus of the team.
The current code of conduct team consists of:
The entire team can be contacted using email@example.com. The team can arrange for other means of communications after the initial contact. We recommend you use the firstname.lastname@example.org address unless you wish to report a Conduct Team member, or you feel uncomfortable communicating with a certain team member.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be
reported to the Conduct Team responsible for enforcement at
email@example.com. All complaints will be reviewed and responded to
within 48 hours. The Conduct Team is obligated to respect the privacy and
security of the reporter of any incident.
The Conduct Team will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:
Example Behavior: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.
Consequence: A private, written warning from community leaders, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested.
Example Behavior: 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.
Example Behavior: 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.
Example Behavior: 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.
If you believe someone is in physical danger, including from themselves, the most important thing is to get that person help. Please contact the appropriate crisis number, non-emergency number, or police number as appropriate. If you are at a ROS event, you can consult with a volunteer or staff member to help find an appropriate number.
If you believe someone has violated the ROS Code of Conduct, we encourage you to report it. If you are unsure whether the incident is a violation, or whether the space where it happened is covered by the Code of Conduct, we encourage you to still report it. We are fine with receiving reports where we decide to take no action for the sake of creating a safer space.
The ROS related forums and events listed above should have a designated moderator or Code of Conduct point of contact. Larger gatherings, like conferences, may have several people to contact. Specific information should be available for each listed gathering, online or off.
When you make a report via email or phone, please provide as much information as possible to help us make a fair and accurate decision about the appropriate response. The following template should serve as a guide for reporting.
All reports will be kept confidential. When we discuss incidents with people who are reported, we will anonymize details as much as we can to protect reporter privacy.
However, some incidents happen in one-on-one interactions, and even if the details are anonymized, the reported person may be able to guess who made the report. If you have concerns about retaliation or your personal safety, please note those in your report. In some cases, we can compile several anonymized reports into a pattern of behavior, and take action on that pattern.
In some cases we may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that’s the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.
When you make a report to the Conduct Team, they will gather information about the incident. If the incident is ongoing and needs to be immediately addressed, any Conduct Team member may take appropriate action to ensure the safety of everyone involved. If the situation requires it, this may take the form of a referral to an appropriate agency, including the local police. The Conduct Team is not equipped to handle emergency situations.
If the incident is less urgent, the report will be discussed by the Conduct Team to determine an appropriate response. You should receive a response from the Conduct Team within 48 hours confirming the receipt of the report, and potentially asking for follow up information. Within one week of an incident report, a member of the Conduct Team will follow up with the person who made the report. The follow up may include: