We’re excited to announce that OpenStreetMap US now has a Code of Conduct and accompanying Process for Moderation in place! OpenStreetMap US previously had a Code of Conduct (CoC) for conferences, but not for other spaces and communication channels (such as Slack and social media). We hope that clarifying our community values and expectations will help to ensure that everyone can feel safe, respected, and welcome within OSM US.

How did we get here?

In April, the Code of Conduct Committee published draft versions of the CoC and Process for Moderation for the community to review. Thank you to all of you who took the time to review the draft. We received questions and comments from several folks, which we responded to in the wiki. Based on this feedback, the committee made a few minor changes to the documents and then presented them to the OSM US Board during its May meeting who then voted unanimously to adopt the documents.

What does this mean?

If you haven’t already read the CoC, please take a minute to look through it. In it, you’ll see a list of spaces where the CoC applies, as well as encouraged behaviors, untolerated behaviors, and how to handle a potential complaint. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CoC Committee or a member of the OSM US Board.

Thank you for your support in achieving this important milestone for our community!

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