Effective Altruism Germany (EA Germany) is a network of people who are willing to help one another and collectively work towards a better world. Our members are from all walks of life and have a wide range of personal beliefs – what unites us is our desire to be more effective in how we do good. This code of conduct exists to ensure that people can collaborate in a positive and successful way. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended - a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the communities in which we participate. This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by EA Germany. This includes online spaces, in person events, and any forum which the community uses for communication. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person's ability to participate within them.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing info@effektiveraltruismus.de or send us (anonymous) feedback via this form. If this is at an event you are organising, possible responses include giving a warning to the individual, requiring them not to interact with another person or asking them to leave the event.

We strive to:

  • Be empathetic
  • Be friendly and patient
  • Be welcoming
  • Be considerate
  • Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we shouldn’t allow that frustration to turn into personal attacks
  • Be careful in the words that we choose
  • Be kind to others: Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behaviour aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    -- Violent threats or language directed against another person
    -- Discriminatory jokes and language
    -- Posting sexually explicit or violent material
    -- Personal insults
    -- Unwelcome sexual attention
    -- Repeated harassment of others. If someone asks you to stop, then stop
    -- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
  • When we disagree, try to understand why: Disagreements happen all the time and it is important that we resolve differing views constructively. We understand that human interaction can be complex and confusing. Please give each other the benefit of explaining behaviour you find offensive or unwelcome. However, people asked to stop any prohibited conduct are expected to comply immediately.