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Code of Conduct (CoC)

The Helionauts community exists thanks to your goodwill toward those who seek your knowledge and advice. To that end, we ask that you always show respect for both the authors and their work.

This community is inclusive: we will not tolerate any form of bigotry and discriminiation. We will take action whenever we see offensive language based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political orientation, culture or country of origin.

We will not tolerate and will take action against harassment, including but not limited to bullying, intimidation, vulgar language, direct or indirect threats, sexually suggestive remarks, patterns of inappropriate behaviors and sustained disruptions of discussion.

Whenever a disagreement arises, we shall turn it into constructive criticism while also expressing a justified scientific opinion. If you cannot do this respectfully, refrain from answering.

Discussions will remain focused on content without any personal attack. We shall refrain from using terms or phrasing that could appear judgmental even when it is directed at the content (e.g. “this code is terrible, why on earth did you do that?”).

Please keep in mind that asking or answering a question shall be the result of some research on your end. Do your due diligence before posting a new question or answering one in order to make your contribution helpful and valuable to the discussion: e.g. have a look at the suggested questions previously asked that may be similar to yours (the search engine may update it as you type it). Try to research and fact-check your own references, make sure your answer is clear, and that you make good use of the text editing options.

In addition to the above rules, please respect the following content standards:

  1. You may not submit content to the forum that is illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful to others. This includes content that is harassing, inappropriate, or abusive.

  2. You may not submit content to the forum that violates the law, infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights, violates anyone’s privacy, or breaches agreements you have with others.

  3. You may not submit content to the forum containing malicious computer code, such as computer viruses or spyware.

  4. You may not use the forum to disclose information that you don’t have the right to disclose, like others’ confidential or sensitive personally identifiable information e.g. (personal email address, phone number etc…).

  5. Please avoid the use of undefined specialized acronyms. Make sure you define them the first time you use them: e.g. "Ground Induced Currents (GICs), Active Region (AR). Your team may know their meaning, but remember HelioNauts must be readable and clear to people outside your organization who may be new to your field.

  6. To disagree is a feature of science. Please agree to disagree sometimes, and remember that a scientific conversation is not a fight that needs to be “won/lost” by someone.

Examples of unacceptable use

Unfriendly: “Your question is irrelevant, why do you even ask that?”
Friendly: “Can you give more context, or examples?”

Unfriendly: “Please learn to speak English before posting.”
Friendly: “I’m not sure I understand. Are you asking about the definition of the header keywords in the FITS files?”

Unfriendly: “Just Google it”
Friendly: “The term you are looking for is covariance. If you google it in the context of statistics you may find better or more answers there. Here’s another reference in a space physics application: (…)”

Unfriendly: “I came here to ask a specific questions, not the get answers on questions I didn’t ask”
Friendly: “Thanks, I realize my question was misleading. I have updated my question to make it more clear”

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