The project creators, lead developers, core team, ("The Maintainers") constitute the managing members of the project and have final say in every decision of the project, technical or otherwise, including overruling previous decisions. There are no limitations to this decisional power.
Contributions are an expected result of your membership on the project. Don't expect others to do your work or help you with your work forever.
All members have the same opportunities to seek any challenge they want within the project.
Authority or position in the project will be proportional to the accrued contribution. Seniority must be earned.
Software is evolutive: the better implementations must supersede lesser implementations. Technical advantage is the primary evaluation metric.
This is a space for technical prowess; topics outside of the project will not be tolerated.
Non technical conflicts will be discussed in a separate space. Disruption of the project will not be allowed.
Individual characteristics, including but not limited to, body, sex, sexual preference, race, language, religion, nationality, or political preferences are irrelevant in the scope of the project and will not be taken into account concerning your value or that of your contribution to the project.
Discuss or debate the idea, not the person.
There is no room for ambiguity: Ambiguity will be met with questioning; further ambiguity will be met with silence. It is the responsibility of the originator to provide requested context.
If something is illegal outside the scope of the project, it is illegal in the scope of the project. This Code of Merit does not take precedence over governing law within the jurisdiction(s) of The Maintainers.
(11.a) If the algorithms implemented in this project (eg., cryptography) are illegal or prohibited in your local jurisdiction, it is your personal responsibility to consider how, or if, you should attempt to participate in this project. The Maintainers disclaim all liability for others' actions and decisions in this regard.
This Code of Merit governs the technical procedures of the project not the activities outside of it.
Participation on the project equates to agreement of this Code of Merit.
No objectives beyond the stated objectives of this project are relevant to the project. Any intent to deviate the project from its original purpose of existence will constitute grounds for remedial action which may include expulsion from the project.
This document is based upon the original Code of Merit version 1.0 (Dec 4 2018). (https://web.archive.org/web/20181204203029/http://code-of-merit.org/)
Updated version (Mar 29 2020): https://codeofmerit.org/code/