Reporting Guidelines

Reporting guidelines are critical not only to the procedural enforcement of a CoC, but sends a signal about whether or not the project is serious about the document they’ve put together. Trust is built here.

An assessment of harm, harassment, or abuse should reflect the impact on the person(s) who it’s directed at. In addition, the impact on the community as a whole should be taken into account.


  • Minimum information that will be required to make a report.
  • Contact information. If an alias is used, the names of those receiving alias.

What happens after you file a report?

You will receive an email from the DSF Code of Conduct Working Group acknowledging receipt immediately. We promise to acknowledge receipt within 24 hours (and will aim for much quicker than that).[^17]

NOTE: in some cases a project will use role titles instead of real names, due to concern about harassment/trolling. It’s still important that one human name be provided for direct outreach.


  • How to Report section, or separate page.
    • When to report
    • How to give a report
    • If someone reports to your
  • What happens after the report is filed.
  • Redress
  • No Retaliation

  • NOTE: Assessment of the reporting resolution process is complex and is out of scope for this document/resource.

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