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  6.  # Fantasyland Institute of Learning - Code Of Professionalism (FCOP)
  7.  
  8. -Copyright © 2016 Fantasyland Institute of Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  9. +Copyright © 2016 - 2017 Fantasyland Institute of Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  10.  
  11.  ## Statement of Purpose
  12.  
  13.  The Fantasyland Institute of Learning Code of Professionalism (FCOP) dictates the terms and conditions under which we allow you to participate in the _community_.
  14.  
  15. -The purpose of FCOP is to facilitate inclusiveness and productivity (towards our professional goals) in our _community_ despite operating in a pluralistic society. To accomplish this goal, we restrict the _community_ to _civil_ people, and protect such people from _discrimination_, _stereotyping_, _harassment_, _judgmental communication_, and _breaches of privacy_.
  16. +The purpose of FCOP is to facilitate an inclusive and diverse _community_ of professionals who productively work towards shared professional goals.
  17.  
  18. -FCOP is explicitly not intended to impose any system of politics, religion, ideologies, morals, or values onto _members_.
  19. -
  20. -## Short-Form
  21. -
  22. -We welcome all _civil_ people to participate in the _community_. We do not allow _discrimination_, _harassment_, _judgmental communication_, or _breaches of privacy_. We do not exclude any _civil_ people from our _community_ unless they have been banned by us for a _violation_ of these terms and conditions.
  23. +In service of this purpose, we do not impose any ideology onto _members_, nor do we restrict participation based on people's _personal attributes_ or their _behavior_ in other communities. Instead, we restrict the _community_ to _civil_ individuals and we require that all _members_ refrain from _unprofessional behavior_.
  24.  
  25.  ## Welcome Statement
  26.  
  27. -We welcome _civil_ people of all genders, gender-expressions, sexual-orientations, gender-orientations, races, ethnic origins, skin colors, physical handicaps, mental handicaps, ages, sizes, political views, religious views, philosophies, beliefs, and attitudes.
  28. -
  29. -We pledge that we will not tolerate _discrimination_, _harassment_, _judgmental communication_, or _breaches of privacy_. We pledge to hold ourselves to these same standards and, in so doing, set a positive example for others to follow.
  30. +We welcome all _civil_ individuals regardless of any _personal attributes_ they have that are orthogonal to the professional goals of the _community_.
  31.  
  32. -We greatly value integrity and pledge to establish the highest levels of trust in _members_.
  33. +We pledge that we will enforce the terms and conditions set forth in FCOP, and that we will hold ourselves to these same standards, thereby setting a positive example for others to follow.
  34.  
  35.  ## Behavior
  36.  
  37. +We permit only _civil_ individuals to participate in the _community_. We further require that _members_ refrain from _unprofessional behavior_.
  38. +
  39.  ### Active Participation
  40.  
  41. -During _active participation_, you must behave as described in this section.
  42. +We encourage everyone to assume the best in every _interaction_; to be open, honest, and empathic in all _communication_; and to demonstrate politeness and professional courtesy in every situation.
  43. +
  44. +We welcome any closed group of _members_ to engage in any _behavior_ for which there is explicit and unanimous mutual consent. In the absence of such consent, we impose the following restrictions during _active participation_, which are further clarified by the **Glossary**.
  45.  
  46. -* **Don't Stereotype**. Treat everyone as unique. Do not infer characteristics of a person based on their [perceived] membership in some group or category.
  47. -* **Don't Communicate Judgmentally**. You must not communicate the idea that any person, place, thing, idea, or action is superior or inferior to any other. Instead, talk about observations, analyses, models, and your own personal preferences.
  48. -* **Don't Harass**. Do not interact with anyone who does not consent. For verbal and written interaction you may assume consent for the first interaction, until the recipient communicates otherwise. For physical interaction, close physical proximity, and persistent gaze, you must assume non-consent until the person clearly and unambiguously communicates otherwise.
  49. -* **Don't Pry**. Do not go out of your way to read, watch, or listen to the private communications of other members (including trying to read their screens or listening to their private conversations). If you do read or overhear a private conversation, do not share it.
  50. -* **Don't Obstruct**. Do not attempt to disrupt communication between members, the activity of members, or the congregation of members.
  51. -* **Assume the Best**. Assume the best intention when others communicate with you. If you don’t understand what someone meant, or have questions about it, ask them directly rather than speculating or spreading rumors. If someone appears to be communicating judgmentally ("Coffee is good"), assume they did so only as a shorthand way of speaking, and ask them to clarify what objective metrics and personal predictions and preferences they are implying ("I like coffee").
  52. +* **Don't Discriminate**. Do not show or withhold favoritism on the basis of a _stereotype_.
  53. +* **Don't Harass**. Do not _interact_ with anyone who does not consent to the _interaction_.
  54. +* **Don't Pry**. Do not attempt to infer the private content or _communication_ of others.
  55. +* **Don't Shame**. Do not shame the _personal attributes_ of others.
  56. +* **Don't Stereotype**. _Communicate_ as if every individual were unique.
  57.  
  58. -These requirements on behavior apply to _members_ only while they are actively participating in the _community_. The standing of _members_ is unaffected by behavior that does not comply with these requirements if this behavior occurs in other communities.
  59. +These requirements on _behavior_ apply to _members_ only while they are actively participating in the _community_. The standing of _members_ is unaffected by _behavior_ that does not comply with these requirements if this _behavior_ occurs in other communities.
  60.  
  61.  ### Inactive Participation
  62.  
  63. -During _inactive participation_, you must behave as described in this section.
  64. +During _inactive participation_, you must behave as required in this section, and as further clarified by the **Glossary**.
  65.  
  66. -* **Be Civil**. Do not engage in criminal activity, and do not sabotage the _community_ or _member_'s careers for political, religious, ideological, or moral reasons.
  67. -* **Don't Dox**. Do not disseminate any private details about others learned within the _community_ without express permission, including but not limited to real name, address, phone number, or photo identity.
  68. -* **Don't Shame**. You must not negatively communicate about a member's behavior (which occurred inside the _community_, or which you learned about while inside the _community_) with anyone outside the _community_ without express permission of the discussed _members_, where the discussed _members_ themselves decide what is negative.
  69. +* **Don't Dox**. Do not disseminate _personal attributes_ you learn about _members_ in the course of _active participation_.
  70. +* **Don't Retaliate**. Do not _retaliate_ against _aggrieved members_ for resolving or reporting an _incident_.
  71.  
  72. -These requirements on behavior apply to _members_ at all times, even when they are not actively participating in the _community_.
  73. +These requirements on _behavior_ apply to _members_ at all times, even when they are not actively participating in the _community_.
  74.  
  75. -## Privacy
  76. +## Reporting
  77.  
  78. -**Private Communication**. During _active participation_, you may take phone calls, direct messages, emails, and other semi-private forms of communication. Although private communication is not bound by FCOP, we expect all communication that can be seen or overheard by other members will comply with the requirements of FCOP.
  79. +**Reporting Requirements**. _Active participation incidents_ must be reported to us within 15 days by _aggrieved members_. We will investigate third-party reports at our sole discretion. _Inactive participation incidents_ must be reported to us within 5 years of their occurrence, by _members_ or _non-members_. Information that any _member_ or _non-member_ believes may affect our view of the _civility_ of individuals may be reported at any time.
  80.  
  81. -**Private Consumption**. During _active participation_, you may consume material on your own personal devices and from your own channels of communication, and this material does not have to conform to FCOP, assuming the material is not easily discernible to others.
  82. +**Unofficial Resolution**. For minor _incidents_, and only in cases where they prefer doing so, we encourage _aggrieved members_ to speak to _accused members_ directly, using the language of non-violent communication (NVC).
  83.  
  84. -## Violations
  85. +**Official Resolution**. For official resolution, _aggrieved members_ must contact us, and we will appoint an _arbiter_. The _arbiter_ will speak individually to all parties, including witnesses, before deciding on a course of action, which will involve rejecting the _incident_, or accepting it as a _violation_ and imposing a consequence on the _violator_.
  86.  
  87. -**No Victimless Crime**. If you are a _victim_ but you do not feel victimized, you may choose to not report the _violation_. In this case, we will not treat the incident as a violation.
  88. +**Consequences**. _Violators_ may be asked to apologize or to undergo training, counseling, or mediation as a condition of continued participation. They may also be ejected and banned from the _community_, at the sole discretion of the _arbiter_. In no case will the consequence exceed banishment, unless the violation is also governed by separate contractual agreements or local laws. We reserve the right to re-evaluate a previously imposed _consequence_ based on new information or a change in community leadership.
  89.  
  90. -**Reporting Process**. _Active participation_ violations must be reported to us within 15 days by _victims_, and may not be reported by third-parties. Inactive Participation violations may be reported at any time, and by anyone, even non-_members_.
  91. +**Social Rehabilitation**. We will only banish individuals for a determined number of years, not to exceed 5 years. Formerly banned parties can be reintegrated into the _community_ through a rehabilitation process determined by us.
  92.  
  93. -**Unofficial Resolution**. For minor offenses and in cases where they prefer doing so, we encourage _victims_ to speak to _violators_, using the language of non-violent communication (NVC). If you would like to do this with the help of an independent mediator, contact us and we will arrange for one.
  94. +**Confidentiality**. We may publicly share information about any _violation_ that results in banishment, including personally identifiable information on the violator, limited to name and online identities. We will keep other _incidents_ and the identities of _aggrieved_ and _accused_ confidential to the extent this confidentiality is respected by other parties.
  95.  
  96. -**Official Resolution**. If you want an official intervention, we will appoint a judge. The judge will speak individually to all parties, including witnesses, before deciding on a course of action, which will involve rejecting the reported violation, or accepting it and imposing a penalty on the _violator_.
  97. +## Rights
  98.  
  99. -**Penalties**. _Violators_ may be warned, asked to apologize, forced into training, counseling or mediation, or ejected and banned from the _community_, at the sole discretion of the judge.
  100. +**Right to Contact Leaders**. _Members_ have a right to clear, up-to-date contact information for use in reporting _incidents_. _Members_ have a right to accurate estimation of how quickly _members_ will receive a response after an _incident_ is reported.
  101.  
  102. -**Social Rehabilitation**. No one can be banished for life, only for a determined number of years, not to exceed 5 years. Formerly banned parties can be reintegrated into the _community_ through a rehabilitation process determined by us.
  103. +**Right to Know Boundaries**. _Members_ have a right to clear communication on the boundaries of the _community_. In addition, if any regions in time or space are specially exempted from part or all of FCOP, _members_ have a right to clear communication on these exemptions.
  104.  
  105. -**Confidentiality**. Reporting a violation is a confidential process. We will not publish information on any reported incident or the parties involved in the incident. Note that criminal behavior of any kind will not be kept confidential.
  106. +**Right to Non-Coercion**. _Members_ have a right to not be coerced to share private information, make statements, or otherwise perform any function that is not essential for the scope of participating in a given _community_ activity.
  107.  
  108. -## Disputes
  109. +**Right to Disclosure**. Individuals who are banished from the _community_ or who are prevented from participating on grounds of incivility have a right to a high-level written disclosure of the rationale resulting in the decision, including the identity of the _arbiter_ and their relationship to the _aggrieved_ (if applicable), and an anonymized summary of supporting evidence. Such individuals have the right to publicly share this disclosure, provided the disclosure is shared in its entirety.
  110.  
  111. -In the event there is a dispute about the meaning of any term or clause in FCOP, we alone will clarify the intent.
  112. +**Right to Unbiased Arbitration**. _Accused_ and _aggrieved members_ have a right to the appointment of a balance _arbiter_, or a neutral _arbiter_, without preexisting connection to either party, nor vested interest in any particular outcome.
  113.  
  114. -## Terms
  115. +## Miscellaneous
  116.  
  117. - * **Active Participation**. We define _active participation_ to include the behavior of members while they are in the boundaries of the _community_.
  118. - * **Behavior**. We define _behavior_ to include all and only observable actions of people, and to explicitly exclude any private thoughts, beliefs, ideas, attitudes, morals, and emotions.
  119. - * **Civil**. We define civil individuals as individuals who, in our sole estimation, do not and will not engage in the following behaviors during _active participation_ or _inactive participation_:
  120. +**Criminal Behavior**. FCOP is not intended to supplant laws and regulations of governing jurisdictions, but rather, to impose a set of terms and conditions on membership in a community that goes above and beyond legal requirements. _Criminal behavior_ of any kind should be immediately reported to relevant authorities and dealt with as recommended by such authorities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if _criminal behavior_ also violates terms and conditions of FCOP, we reserve the right to subject such behavior to arbitration.
  121.  
  122. -    * **Crimes**. Any criminal behavior in which there is a victim.
  123. -    * **Community Sabotage**. Any behavior (excluding non-violent communication) directed at sabotaging the community for political, religious, ideological, or moral reasons.
  124. -    * **Professional Sabotage**. Any behavior directed at sabotaging a _member_'s career for political, religious, ideological, or moral reasons; including attempting to no-platform a _member_ or pressuring an employer to fire a _member_.
  125. - * **Communication**. We define _communication_ as any transmission of information between people, including but not limited to verbal, written, electronic, pictorial, gestural, and tactile.
  126. - * **Community**. We define our _community_ as a group of people with a shared professional interest that exists at some location (online or geographical) and within some span of time. The boundaries of the community are dictated by us, but cannot extend in space or time to any place where we do not have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed penalties on _violators_.
  127. - * **Discrimination**. We define _discrimination_ as any favoritism shown or withheld to someone either on the basis of a stereotype or a non-community related group membership.
  128. - * **Harassment**. We define _harassment_ as an attempt to interact with someone who does not consent to the interaction.
  129. - * **Inactive Participation**. We define _inactive participation_ to include the behavior of members at all times and under all circumstances.
  130. - * **Interaction**. We define _interaction_ as any one-on-one communication, physical contact (with person or property), close proximity, or persistent gaze. Interaction does not include opt-in, broadcast-based communication within the Community.
  131. - * **Judgmental Communication**. We define _judgmental communication_ as any communication which asserts or implies that something has intrinsic superiority or inferiority to something else. This includes all forms of name-calling, but explicitly excludes any language that qualifies as non-violent communication (NVC).
  132. - * **Members**. We define a _member_ of the _community_ as a _civil_ individual who we allow to actively participate in the _community_.
  133. - * **Stereotyping**. We define _stereotyping_ as behavior that infers or implies one characteristic of an individual based on their [perceived] membership in some group or category.
  134. - * **Victim**. We define _victims_ as people for whom one or more of the following holds:
  135. +**Disputes of Interpretation**. In the event there is a dispute about the meaning of any term or clause in FCOP, we alone will clarify the intent. We pledge to be consistent in our interpretation of any ambiguity, rather than utilizing different interpretations in different circumstances.
  136.  
  137. -    * **Harassment**. Someone has _harassed_ them.
  138. +**Non-Endorsement**. In recognition of the pluralistic composition of the _community_, the _community_ does not endorse the views, values, religions, politics, beliefs, or attitudes of ourselves or of any _member_ of the _community_. No _member_ ever speaks for or represents the _community_, and neither do we speak for or represent the _community_ unless we are acting in our official capacities or claim to be doing so (and even then, only for the scope of the task).
  139. +
  140. +## Glossary
  141. +
  142. + * **Accused**. We define _accused_ as a _member_ who has been attributed a _violation_ by an _aggrieved member_.
  143. + * **Active Participation**. We define _active participation_ to include the _behavior_ of _members_ while they are in the boundaries of the _community_.
  144. + * **Aggrieved**. We define _aggrieved_ as a _member_ who believes that one or more of the following holds:
  145.      * **Discrimination**. Someone has _discriminated_ against them.
  146. +    * **Harassment**. Someone has _harassed_ them.
  147. +    * **Prying**. Someone has violated their privacy.
  148. +    * **Shaming**. Someone has _shamed_ them or a group they belong to.
  149.      * **Stereotyping**. Someone has _stereotyped_ them or a group they belong to.
  150. -    * **Judgmental Communication**. Someone has _communicated judgmentally_ about them, their beliefs, their ideas, their religion, their morals, their values, or things they own or use; or someone has done so about a group to which they belong to.
  151. -    * **Breaches of Privacy**. Someone has violated their privacy.
  152. - * **Violator**. We define _violator_ as someone who has broken the terms and conditions of FCOP.
  153. - * **We**. We define _we_ to be those who have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed penalties on _violators_ within the physical or virtual boundaries of the _community_.
  154. + * **Arbiter**. We define _arbiter_ as one or more persons designated by us to resolve an _incident_ report.
  155. + * **Behavior**. We define _behavior_ to include all and only observable actions of people, and to explicitly exclude all _personal attributes_.
  156. + * **Civil**. We define civil individuals as individuals who, in our sole estimation, do not and will not engage in the following _behaviors_ during _active participation_ or _inactive participation_: _criminal behavior_, _community sabotage_, or _professional sabotage_.
  157. + * **Communication**. We define _communication_ as any transmission of information between people, including but not limited to verbal, written, electronic, pictorial, gestural, and tactile.
  158. + * **Community**. We define the _community_ as a group of people with a shared professional interest that exists at some location (online or geographical) and within some span of time. The boundaries of the community are dictated by us, but cannot extend in space or time to any place where we do not have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed consequences on _violators_.
  159. + * **Community Sabotage**. We define _community sabotage_ to be any _behavior_ that does have or is intended to have the effect of harming the professional goals of the _community_, including but not limited to attempting to defund or blackball the _community_, attempting to disrupt or diminish the activities of the _community_, and authoring, spreading, or endorsing libel or slander about the _community_; or encouraging others to do the same. Explicitly excluded from this definition is _communication_ of truthful information regarding the _community_ and truthful criticism on the failure of the _community_ to optimally strive towards its professional goals.
  160. + * **Criminal Behavior**. We define _criminal behavior_ as any behavior that is illegal under the laws of the governing jurisdiction and in which there is a victim who is not the perpetrator.
  161. + * **Discrimination**. We define _discrimination_ as any favoritism shown or withheld to someone on the basis of a _stereotype_.
  162. + * **Doxxing** We define _doxxing_ to be the unauthorized dissemination of any _personal attributes_ of _members_ learned during _active participation_ and not previously known to the public.
  163. + * **Harassment**. We define _harassment_ as an _interaction_ with someone who does not consent to the _interaction_. For _interactions_ of a professional nature, you may assume consent for the first interaction, until the recipient _communicates_ otherwise (examples include handshakes, looking at someone who is speaking, providing feedback). For all other _interactions_, you must assume non-consent until the person clearly and unambiguously _communicates_ otherwise (examples include persistent gaze at someone who is not speaking, sexual interactions of any kind).
  164. + * **Inactive Participation**. We define _inactive participation_ to include the _behavior_ of _members_ at all times and under all circumstances.
  165. + * **Incident**. We define _incident_ as a possible infringement of FCOP.
  166. + * **Interaction**. We define _interaction_ as any one-on-one _communication_, physical contact (with person or property), close proximity, or persistent gaze. Explicitly excluded from this definition is opt-in, broadcast-based _communication_ within the _community_.
  167. + * **Members**. We define a _member_ of the _community_ to be any _civil_ individual who we allow to actively participate in the _community_.
  168. + * **Personal Attribute**. We define _personal attribute_ to be the presence or absence of any individual characteristic, including but not limited to age, body mods, ethnic origin, gender, gender-expression, gender-orientation, intellectual disability, physical appearance, physical disability, presented appearance, race, sex, sexual preferences, sexual-orientation, size, skin color, and strength; attitudes, beliefs, moral systems, personality traits, political views, religions, and values; facts, including address, job title, membership in categories or groups, membership in communities, profession, real name, salary, and type and extent of education.
  169. + * **Professional Sabotage**. We define _professional sabotage_ to be any _behavior_ that does have or is intended to have the effect of harming a _member's_ career, including but not limited to attempting to no-platform, blackball, or fire a _member_; or encouraging others to engage in such _behavior_. Explicitly excluded from _professional sabotage_ is all harmful _behavior_ that is exclusively motivated by and _communicated_ in terms of the _member_'s failure to fulfill their professional duties.
  170. + * **Prying**. We define _prying_ to be any unauthorized attempt to infer the _communication_ of semi-private forms of communication (including phone calls, direct messages, texts, private conversations), or to infer content on private devices or private channels of communication belonging to other _members_.
  171. + * **Retaliation**. We define _retaliation_ as the imposition of any _negative consequence_ on a _member_ for their unofficial resolution or reporting of an _incident_, where _negative consequence_ is defined as any consequence that does or is intended to have the effect of harming the _member's_ career.
  172. + * **Shaming**. We define _shaming_ as the _communication_ of the idea that any _personal attribute_ of any person is inferior. Explicitly excluded from _shaming_ is all _communication_ of the idea that objective, falsifiable statements espoused by a _member_ are inconsistent, unsupported, or falsified, as well as _communication_ of the idea that some _personal attributes_ offer an advantage or disadvantage in obtaining specified measurable objectives.
  173. + * **Stereotype**. We define a _stereotype_ to be a belief in the presence of a _personal attribute_ of an individual based on their perceived membership in some (unrelated or loosely related) group or category.
  174. + * **Stereotyping**. We define _stereotyping_ as _communication_ of a _stereotype_.
  175. + * **Violation**. We define _violation_ as an actual infringement of FCOP as determined by an _arbiter_.
  176. + * **Violator**. We define _violator_ as an _accused member_ who has broken the terms and conditions of FCOP, as determined by an _arbiter_.
  177. + * **Unprofessional Behavior**. We define _unprofessional behavior_ as _discrimination_, _harassing_, _prying_, _shaming_, and _stereotyping_ during _active participation_, and _doxxing_ and _retaliating_ during _inactive participation_.
  178. + * **We**. We define _we_ to be those who have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed consequences on _violators_ within the physical or virtual boundaries of the _community_.
  179. +
  180. +## License
  181. +
  182. +This work is licensed under [CC BY-ND 4.0](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/legalcode), with an exception that allows the creation of derivative works that are exclusively created and used for the submission of pull requests to the [official FCOP repository](http://github.com/fantasylandinst/fcop/). By submitting a pull request, you unconditionally and irrevocably assign and transfer all ideas, concepts, copyrighted materials and trademarks within the submission to Fantasyland Institute of Learning.
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