Sat 21 Nov 2020 10:46AM

Adopt a moderation policy for matrix room

A Akshay Public Seen by 82

Started this in loomio by mistake.

I think the Matrix room needs to be moderated. The following content should be removed by any admin:

1) Spam

2) Off-topic messages

3) Personal attacks and harassment

I think it should be left to the discretion of admins to define what that constitutes.

@Pirate Praveen said

I think we can build a code of conduct to cover codema as well. Probably build on This would enable anyone in the group to decide if something is crossing what is acceptable. We should also probably define how to respond in cases of violation.

@piratekp said

2 and 3 are relative and should be well defined to avoid ambiguity.


Pirate Bady Sun 22 Nov 2020 5:30PM

@piratekp like @Akshay said we can build on FSCI's code of conduct which makes it easy. if no one responds within a couple of days or so, i think we can move forward by starting the proposal to adopt the FSCI CoC as is and make necessary updates as needed.


Pirate Praveen Sun 22 Nov 2020 5:34PM

It will need some modifications for sure. We could probably take a copy of it in an etherpad/cryptpad and work on it.


Pirate Bady Sun 22 Nov 2020 6:35PM

right. to get started, i've created a draft here:

pls note that i haven't made any changes to its existing 'structure', but it's not necessary to keep it so.


Pirate Praveen Mon 23 Nov 2020 10:17AM

I went through the document and it looks good to me. May be you can start a proposal with may be a 2-4 weeks time for votes. If you want to wait a few more days before you start the proposal, that would be fine as well. Do you think we should add this to constitution as Article 5? I think maintaining it as part of the constitution will be better.


Pirate Bady Thu 26 Nov 2020 10:04PM

yes, let's wait for a week before starting the proposal. regarding adding to the constitution, i don't have any objection as such but i'm not sure whether we should do it.


Poll Created Thu 10 Dec 2020 5:44PM

Adopt the text below as Code of Conduct & Moderation Policy of Indian Pirates Closed Thu 31 Dec 2020 6:00PM

by Pirate Bady Sun 10 Jan 2021 7:40PM

The proposed Code of Conduct & Moderation Policy is accepted and will be adopted by the Indian Pirates.

Indian Pirates believes in direct democracy and welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

No matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. We welcome participation by everyone as long as they interact constructively with our community.

Indian Pirates has adopted a code of conduct for participants of its discussion forums, chat groups, channels and other modes of communication within the community. We respect diversity and promote inclusion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. We recognize The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and expect everyone to uphold the rights mentioned in it.

Applicability and Scope

This code of conduct applies to all of this community’s spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off.

Toward a Welcoming and Safe Community

At Indian Pirates we recognize that there are many dimensions of diversity and this may include, but is not limited to:

  • background

  • family status

  • gender

  • gender identity or expression

  • race

  • caste

  • religion or lack thereof

  • food preferences

  • ethnicity

  • national origin

  • nationality

  • immigration status

  • age

  • sex

  • sexual orientation

  • native language

  • language

  • education

  • ability

  • neuro(a)typicality

  • physical appearance

  • pregnancy status

  • health status

  • veteran status

  • political affiliation

  • marital status

  • indigenousness

  • employment status

  • financial status

  • any other dimension of diversity

We recognize that an individual lives at the intersection of various dimensions of diversity and this makes every individual unique.

At Indian Pirates a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community is one where all volunteers feels valued and respected. We are committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for participation and collaboration in all of our activities. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

We hope to create an environment in which diverse individuals can collaborate and interact in a positive and affirming way. Examples of behavior that contributes to creating this sort of environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language

  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences

  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism

  • Focusing on what is best for the overall community

  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Inclusive Language

Use inclusive language whenever possible.

  • Unless the gender of a singular personal antecedent is otherwise specified, use the gender-neutral singular pronouns “they”, “them”, “their”, and “theirs”.

  • Avoid using “he” as a universal pronoun; likewise, avoid using binary alternatives such as “he/she”, “he or she”, or “(s)he”.

  • Use “humankind”, “humanity” or “human race” instead of “mankind”.

  • Use “artificial” or “human-caused” instead of “man-made”.

  • Use “everybody/everyone” or “people/peeps” instead of “guys”.

Anti-Harassment Statement

This community will not tolerate harassment of any kind. Examples of harassment include:

  • Offensive comments related to any dimension(s) of diversity.

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, relationships, drugs, and employment.

  • Deliberate misgendering, using inappropriate pronouns, or use of “dead” or rejected names.

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate.

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg. textual descriptions like “hug” or"backrub") without consent or after a request to stop.

  • Threats of violence.

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual or group, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.

  • Deliberate intimidation.

  • Stalking or following - online or in the physical world.

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.

  • Sustained disruption of discussion.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Patterns of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

  • Jokes that resemble the above, such as “hipster racism”, still count as harassment even if meant satirically or ironically.

Actions to Increase Representation

From time to time various events/programs/campaigns may be organized and executed with the aim of increasing representation from underrepresented groups. This code of conduct does not prohibit positive discrimination that may be required to achieve the objectives of such events or programs. This extends to the exclusion of related political/religious/philosophical viewpoints that are against human rights in general.

Expected Behavior:

  1. Be respectful

    In a community, inevitably there will be people with whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that, but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel threatened is not a healthy community.

  2. Assume good faith

    Indian Pirates has many ways of reaching both internal and external goals as defined in the Indian Pirates Manifesto & Constitution (Article 4) respectively. These may differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards these goals. As long as they're not against the Basic Principles outlined in the Constitution, it's better to propose new activities based on your ideas and take it forward than stopping others from the activities you disagree with.

    Note that many of our members are not native English speakers or may have different cultural backgrounds.

  3. Be collaborative

    Political issues are usually complex as well as complicated; there is always more to learn. It’s good to ask for others' views and opinions. Indian Pirates promotes a collaborative approach in arriving at decisions and it should be seen in the context of achieving our goals.

    When you propose an activity, be willing to include enough details so that it makes it easier for people to work together.

  4. Try to be on-topic

    Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly wide.

  5. Be open

    Most ways of communication used within Indian Pirates community allow for public and private communication.

    Using public forums for Indian Pirates related messages is much more likely to result in responses. It also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made by people responding will be more easily detected and corrected.

    If you use private messages to discuss Indian Pirates related issues due to personal reasons or because you’re discussing sensitive information, respect the other person’s personal space and privacy. Do not demand a response, especially if the other person lets you know that they are not in a position to respond.

    If you do not want to receive private messages from others, try to include that information in your profile if the communication platform supports it.

  6. Be patient

    Like everyone, Indian Pirates members also have different priorities in their own life. If you make a request/suggestion, or ask a question, there is no obligation for anyone to respond or to accept your request/suggestion. If you feel that you’re being not heard, try to find a way forward on your own and/or wait patiently.

  7. In case of problems

    While this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of some of the guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However, regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion.

    Serious or persistent offenders will be temporarily or permanently banned from communicating through Indian Pirates’ systems. Complaints should be made (in private) to the administrators of the Indian Pirates. To find contact information for these administrators, please see the page on Indian Pirates' organizational structure.

This document is a result of collaborative work by Indian Pirates volunteers based on the following. If you feel like something needs to be added or changed feel free to propose it here:

This document is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 2 EN PP
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  

2 of 176 people have participated (1%)


Pirate Praveen
Fri 11 Dec 2020 7:53AM

I think it should be added to the constitution instead of a separate document.


Deleted User Sun 13 Dec 2020 7:58AM

I find few references of this policy draft cut copy & paste from global left dictards and found it direct violation of free speech and global standards. We must understand your personal belief are not the norms of the society..

i.e He or She will be referred; otherwise, person specifically announce their preferred pronoun in the public place. Then we can choose to ignore or address them, it depends whether we want to follow the stupidity of that sort assertively or not.

Under the garb of diversity, pushing agenda is kinda sad thing to do. Mankind will remain mankind as it is. Choice of words can't be moderate, tweak or force upon, atleast, in Democratic country. Fascism or Communism system we don't follow here or are we?


Pirate Bady Mon 14 Dec 2020 5:09PM

I find few references of this policy draft cut copy paste for global left dictards and found it direct violation of free speech and global standards.

global standards? pls provide proper reference and explain what you mean. one of my main concerns is that free speech shouldn't be an excuse for people to spread hate speech.

We must understand your personal belief are not the norms of society.

agreed. that's why we're having this discussion in public.

I.e He and She will be referred otherwise person specifically announce their preferred pronoun in public place.

given my name is bady, how'd you assume my gender? calling some person what they aren't, for eg. suppose someone calling you a leftist even if you aren't (just an example, i don't know your political alignment), is not a nice thing to do and can be avoided.


Deleted User Tue 15 Dec 2020 10:30AM

"global standards? pls provide proper reference and explain what you mean. one of my main concerns is that free speech shouldn't be an excuse for people to spread hate speech"

Exactly, my concerns are exactly same and opposite.. under the garb of "Hate Speech" crushing any voice which necessarily not follow the set pattern is purely a fascist/Communist way of thinking, not Democratic at all.

Prime example of that is what has been happening in the so called western countries or companies like Twitter, FB and others big techgiants. Senseless censorship of any voice which doesn't resonate with their leftist ideology. Lastly, what recently Kerala's communist government tried to achieve by amending the law (Thankfully oppositions managed to halt that for a while but how long?)

These all are the live pattern of passive fascism, which is not healthy for any democracy. And we will soon see the outcome of it in the West.

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