A code of conduct can optionally include other information about community expectations, and information that helps educate participants about the use and goals of the code of conduct.

Revision history

This allows community members to determine whether there have been changes since they last read the code of conduct.

License and attribution

Many of our policies are built on earlier work. Some of these prior documents are offered under a Creative Commons or other license. Make sure the text is properly attributed.

Additional resources

Codes of conduct may contain other information that is intended to help participants use or understand the policy.


FreeBSD Code of Conduct includes a glossary for the terms “systemic oppression” and “dead names”.

In The Library With The Lead Pipe includes a further reading list.


Having the CoC translated into non-English languages will help global contributors.

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