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Code of Conduct

The CoC in a nutshell: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and its community aim to offer a friendly and peaceful environment for every participant at the FSFE's events, online and offline. All participants at any FSFE event are expected to behave excellently towards each other. Misbehaviour can lead to exclusion from our events and/or our technical infrastructure. If you have been in a situation in which the spirit of the Code of Conduct was breached, please be in touch with our central CARE team.

Free Software is about freedom and so is our community. We like to collaborate and work together with respect to different opinions, skills and interests. We as a welcoming community encourage all participants to be excellent to each other.

This Code of Conduct applies at all physical events hosted by the FSFE as well as to our online infrastructure. The latter includes but is not limited to our mailing lists, wikis, social media, groups, forums and any other means of digital communication that are hosted and/or moderated by the FSFE. The Code of Conduct applies equally to all participants including, but not limited to, speakers, volunteers, staffers, exhibitors, etc.

Code of Conduct

We invite and encourage everybody to express their opinions on relevant topics. All participants should at all times feel at ease to do so without fearing any form of attack, reprisal or harassment. We ask everybody to be respectful and considerate towards each other, especially when attempting to provide constructive criticism.

To foster tolerance, respect and hospitality in our community, we agree not to engage in discriminatory, disparaging or offensive speech or actions, including as to (but not limited to) gender, sexuality, race, nationality, religion or profession. We are a community of many different nationalities and backgrounds, and we cherish our strength in diversity.


If you have experienced or become aware of behaviour contrary to the principles enshrined in this Code of Conduct, please bring such incidents to the attention of your respective local or our central CARE team (CARE = CoC Active Response Ensurers) as soon as possible. You will find local CARE team contact information depending on the individual event.

Please feel free to share the Code of Conduct with participants in discussions, both online and offline, to ensure a respectful and welcoming environment. The Free Software Foundation Europe reserves the right to deny entrance and/or eject from an event or any of its infrastructure (e.g. wiki, mailing lists, etc) any individual found to be engaging in misconduct contrary to the principles highlighted above.

Central CARE Team

The central CARE team may be reached by e-mail at care@fsfe.org. The CARE team members are listed below, and you are welcome to contact them individually too. We recommend to communicate via encrypted email. The easiest way to do so is if you write one of the team-members indivually. You find their mails and PGP-key in this aphabetically ordered list:

Lucile FalgueyracLucile Falgueyrac

Gabriel Ku Wei BinGabriel Ku Wei BinProgramme ManagerFull-time employee

Heiki LõhmusHeiki LõhmusVice President

Polina MalajaPolina Malaja

Bonnie MehringBonnie MehringCoordinator TranslationsPart-time employee

Complaints about the CARE team members should be directed to the president of FSFE.