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Chef Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct

Note: If you are in a physical space (for example, ChefConf, Meetup, etc), please see the Physical Spaces Code of Conduct.

Our Pledge

Diversity is one of the greatest strengths that a community can have, and many times that strength is born from the friction that can only come through sharing of differing perspectives.

In the interest of fostering an open, welcoming, and encouraging environment, we as contributors, maintainers, and community members pledge to making participation in our projects and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, veteran status, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

The Chef community contains a diverse group of professionals and volunteers who come from all over the world to make Chef better. Community members may fulfill many roles including mentoring, teaching, and connecting with other members of the community.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Practice empathy. do not insult or put down others. Remember that sexist, racist, ableist, ageist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. If you think your conversation is making another community member uncomfortable or if they tell you so, stop immediately, make amends, and move forward.

As you are working with other members of the community, please keep in mind that the following guidelines apply equally to founders, mentors, those who submit new features/pull requests, and anyone who is seeking help and guidance.

The following list is not exhaustive, but these few examples can help all of us communicate well, so that the community can work better together:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Exercise patience and friendliness
  • Be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for the community
  • Show empathy towards other community members

The previous list applies to all forms of communication: Slack (or any web chat), Discourse, the issue tracker, and any other forum that is used by the community.

Please keep in mind that:

  • Your work will be used by other people, and you, in turn, will depend on the work of others.
  • Decisions that you make often will affect others in the community.
  • Disagreements happen, but should not be an excuse for poor behavior and bad manners. When disagreements do happen, let’s work together to solve them effectively and in a way that ensures that everyone understands what the disagreements were.
  • Our community spans languages, cultures, perspectives (and continents!), and as such people may not understand jokes, sarcasm, and oblique references in the same way that you do. Remember that and be kind to the other members of the community.
  • Be cautious about making assumptions about what someone does or does not know about something - assuming that someone does not understand an issue and over explaining can be condescending (even when not intended to be so).
  • Sexist, racist, ableist, ageist, and other prejudicial or exclusionary comments are not welcome in the community.

Unacceptable Behavior

Harassment comes in many forms, including but not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, veteran status, or religion.
  • Posting/Exposing sexually explicit or violent images.
  • Deliberate (or implied) intimidation.
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or disability.
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission (“doxing”).

As a community that meets in physical public spaces, harassment also includes:

  • Stalking or persistent following.
  • Intrusive or otherwise unwanted photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.

NOTE: If you are in a physical space – for example, Chef Conf, Meetup, etc. – please see the Physical Spaces Code of Conduct.

If you have any lack of clarity about behaviors we include in the definition of “harassment”, please read the Citizen Code of Conduct. In particular, we do not tolerate behavior that excludes people in socially marginalized groups.

Enforcement/Getting Help

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior should be reported by contacting any of the Community Advocates directly. Each person’s contact information and role is listed in the repo that links to this document. If you were not linked here, then contact the individuals listed below. All complaints will be reviewed, investigated, and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Community Organizers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.


The following are the various roles of our Community Organizers and the person(s) assigned to each role:

  • The Deciders have final say on community guidelines and final authority on correct actions and appeals.
  • The Community Advocates may be assigned for each area where the community convenes online (Slack, email list, GitHub, etc.). Community Advocates are volunteers who have the best interests of our community in mind. They act in good faith to help enforce our community guidelines and respond to incidents when they occur.
  • The Project Maintainers are expected to conduct their behavior in line with the Code of Conduct and are individually responsible for both escalating to a Community Advocate in case of witnessing an incident, and helping to foster the community.
  • A Community Member is anyone who participates with the community whether in-person or using online channels. Community members are responsible for following the community guidelines, suggesting updates to the guidelines when warranted, and helping enforce community guidelines.
RoleNameContact Info
Community Advocatebenny

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone who is asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take action that they deem appropriate – up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund, in the case of a paid event). If you have been involved in unacceptable behavior with current Chef community members outside the boundaries of the Chef Community, the Community Organizers retain the right to treat those external incidents in the same manner as internal incidents.

Any physical violence or intimidation, threatened or acted on, is a serious offense and will result in immediate exclusion from the community and appropriate follow up with law enforcement. No, we are not kidding.

Procedure for Handling Disagreements and Incidents

Disagreements are inherent to a group of impassioned people. When they occur, we seek to resolve disagreements and differing views constructively and with the help of the community and community processes. When disagreements escalate, we ask our Community Advocates to step in to moderate, mediate, and help resolve tense situations.

The Chef Community Advocates are well informed on how to deal with incidents. Report the incident (preferably in writing) to one of the Community Advocates listed in the Roles section.

Handling Incidents

NOTE: If you are in a physical space – for example, Chef Conf, Meetup, etc. – please see the Physical Spaces Code of Conduct.

When a Community Organizer or Project Maintainer notices someone behaving in a way that is outside of our guidelines (a violator), the Community Advocate should make every reasonable attempt to help curtail that behavior. The Community Advocate may:

  • Remind the violator about our Community Code of Conduct and provide a link to this document.
  • Ask the violator to stop the unacceptable behavior.
  • Raise the issue with a maintainer, the community manager, or any member of the core project team.
  • Allow time for the violator to correct the behavior.

The Community Advocate should take the following steps if the behavior is not brought in-line with our guidelines or the incident is not resolved:

  • Consult with another Community Organizer to make a judgment call about what reasonable corrective actions are warranted.
  • In the case that no conclusion can be made, escalate to include the next level of Community Organizers.
  • If still no conclusion can be made, report the incident to the Deciders listed above.
  • Apply the corrective action.
  • Document the incident as described below.

Documenting Incidents

All incident reports will be kept in a private repository that is shared with the aforementioned Community Advocates and Deciders under the Roles section. No other individuals or project contributors will be given access to these incident reports. This repo will hold no personal information on the victim of an incident. On the displacement of any Community Organizer in the Roles list above, that individual will immediately lose access to this repository and will terminate any local copies of the repository.

The important information to report consists of:

  • Identifying information (name, email address, Slack username, etc.) of the person doing the harassing.
  • The behavior that was in violation.
  • The approximate time and date of the behavior.
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident.
  • Where applicable, contextual information/proof (email body, chat log, GitHub Issue, etc.).
  • Contact information for witnesses to the incident.

If you feel your safety is in jeopardy, please do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement.

Note: Incidents that violate the Community Code of Conduct are extremely damaging to the community. The silver lining is that, in many cases, these incidents present a chance for the community as a whole to grow, learn, and become better.

Our Responsibilities

Community Organizers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Community Organizers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, messages, tweets, and other contributions that are not aligned with this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


Our community will convene in both physical and virtual spaces. This Code of Conduct applies within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting using an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers and community organizers.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the following:

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