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Joan Touzet (wohali)

Developer, Manager, Mental Astronaut
Code of Conduct contact for the ASF

Apache CouchDB

I am a contributor to Apache CouchDB. My work focuses primarily on documentation, minor patches and the Microsoft Windows port/installer. I am also a frequent contributor to IRC support, via the freenode channels #couchdb and #couchdb-dev.

Project Management

Professionally, I work in software project and team management. I also sit on the Project Management Committee for Apache CouchDB.

Code of Conduct

Pulling from many sources, and with the support of the project, I assembled the Apache CouchDB Code of Conduct, the first CoC to be adopted by an ASF project. With minor modification, this policy is now the Apache Software Foundation's Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct

The CouchDB and ASF Codes of Conduct lay out some very simple rules for participating in our communities. Here's my attempt at a brief distillation of them. You should read the entire Code of Conduct, though - it's not that long.

Be open.

Project and support work happens in a public space, not a private one. Work with us in the open so we can help many at once.

Be empathetic.

It's easy to get frustrated, especially in text. Remember a person is on the other side of the discussion from you. Assume good intentions and act in an empathetic fashion.

Be collaborative.

Working with other people, not against them, to help us grow fastest. Build on top of their contributions.

Be inquisitive.

Ask questions - there is no such thing as a stupid question. Answer questions responsively and helpfully.

Use words carefully.

Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment is totally unacceptable. This is a violence, sexism, racism and discrimination-free place.

Be concise.

Take the time to explain yourself succinctly. Use summaries if your explanation will be long.

Step down considerately.

When it's time to leave the project, help others transition into your responsibilities. Remain respectful and do not misrepresent the project after you leave.

Be diverse.

Welcome and encourage participation by everyone. Documentation, support, design, artwork and more are just as important as code. Honour diversity in all its forms.

Get in touch

If you'd like to reach out regarding Apache CouchDB, project management, the ASF Code of Conduct, representation of women and minorities within the ASF or any other topic, please use:

  • Email

    wohali AT apache DOT org
  • IRC

  • Twitter

  • Github

  • Skype, Phone, Mailing Address

    Available upon request.