The Enso Code of Conduct

This document contains the code of conduct for all venues associated with the Enso project.



  • We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other similar characteristic.
  • On Discord, please avoid using overtly sexual nicknames or other nicknames that might detract from a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all.
  • Please be kind and courteous. There’s no need to be mean or rude.
  • Respect that people have differences of opinion and that every design or implementation choice carries a trade-off and numerous costs. There is seldom a right answer.
  • Please keep unstructured critique to a minimum. If you have solid ideas you want to experiment with, make a fork and see how it works.
  • We will exclude you from interaction if you insult, demean or harass anyone. That is not welcome behaviour. We interpret the term “harassment” as including the definition in the Citizen Code of Conduct. If you have any lack of clarity about what might be included in that concept, please read their definition. In particular, we don’t tolerate behaviour that excludes people in socially marginalized groups.
  • Private harassment is also unacceptable. No matter who you are, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact one of the moderators immediately, or send an email to the moderator team. Whether you’re a regular contributor or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you and we’ve got your back.
  • Likewise any spamming, trolling, flaming, baiting or other attention-stealing behaviour is not welcome.


These are the policies for upholding our community’s standards of conduct. If you feel that a thread needs moderation, please contact the Enso moderation team.

  1. Remarks that violate the Enso standards of conduct, including hateful, hurtful, oppressive, or exclusionary remarks, are not allowed. Cursing is allowed, but never targeting another user, and never in a hateful manner.
  2. Remarks that moderators find inappropriate, whether listed in the code of conduct or not, are also not allowed.
  3. Moderators will first respond to such remarks with a warning.
  4. If the warning is unheeded, the user will be “kicked,” i.e., kicked out of the communication channel to cool off.
  5. If the user comes back and continues to make trouble, they will be banned, i.e., indefinitely excluded.
  6. Moderators may choose at their discretion to un-ban the user if it was a first offense and they offer the offended party a genuine apology.
  7. If a moderator bans someone and you think it was unjustified, please take it up with that moderator, or with a different moderator, in private. Complaints about bans in-server are not allowed.
  8. Moderators are held to a higher standard than other community members. If a moderator creates an inappropriate situation, they should expect less leeway than others.

In the Enso community we all aim to go the extra mile and look out for each other. We don’t just aim to be technically unimpeachable, but we try to be our very best selves. In particular, avoid flirting with offensive or sensitive topics, particularly if they’re off-topic. Doing so all too often leads to unnecessary fights, hurt feelings and damaged trust; worse, it can drive people away from the community entirely.

If someone takes issue with something you said or did, resist the urge to be defensive. Just stop what it was they complained about and apologise. Even if you feel that you were misinterpreted or unfairly accused, it is likely that there was something you could’ve communicated better — remember it is your responsibility to make your fellow Enso contributors comfortable. Everyone wants to get along, and everyone in this community is here first and foremost to talk about cool technology! You will find that people will be eager to assume good intent and forgive as long as there is an atmosphere of trust.

The enforcement policies listed above apply to all official Enso venues. This includes the official discord and GitHub repositories under enso-org.

Adapted from the Node.js Policy on Trolling as well as the Contributor Covenant v1.3.0.


The following members of the Enso organisation can be contacted as moderators:

Alternatively, you can send an email to the moderation team at


This code of conduct is adapted from the Rust code of conduct. Many thanks to the Rust community for being such an exemplar of the open-source spirit!