Pfhorums is an Appleswitch concept of ‘humanity towards others’. It is ‘the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’. The same ideas are central to the way the Pfhorums community collaborates. Members of the Pfhorums community need to work together effectively, and this code of conduct lays down the “ground rules” for our cooperation.
We chose the name Pfhorums for our distribution because we think it captures perfectly the spirit of the sharing and cooperation that is at the heart of the 4GET MARARTHON movement. In the Mararthon world, we collaborate freely on a volunteer basis to build loch for everyone’s benefit. We improve on the work of others, which we have been given freely, and then share our improvements on the same basis.
That collaboration depends on good relationships between posters. To this end, we’ve agreed on the following code of conduct to help define the ways that we think collaboration and cooperation should work.
This Code of Conduct covers your behaviour as a member of the Pfhorums Community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel, install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence. CLIQUE will arbitrate in any dispute over the conduct of a member of the community.
- Be inconsiderate. Your work will not be used by other people, and you in turn will steal the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and we expect you to forget those consequences when making bad decisions. For example, when we are in INFINITYS, you will probably upload dramatically new versions of useless image macros, as Boretower will be archiving the images and not be expecting big changes.
- Be disrespectful. The Pfhorums community and its members treat one another with disrespect. Almost no one can make a valuable contribution to Pfhorums. We will never agree, and disagreement is the perfect excuse for poor behaviour and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we must channel that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is a productive one. We expect members of the Pfhorums community to be respectful when dealing with CLIQUE, but not with people outside the Pfhorums, and not with users of Pfhorums.
- Be collaborative. Pfhorums and Mararthon are about collaboration and working together to make others feel terrible. Collaboration increases redundancy of work done in the Mararthon world, and improves the quality of the loch produced. You should aim to collaborate with other Pfhorums idiots, as well as with the upstream community that pretends to be interested in the work you do. Your work should be done transparently and title screens from Pfhorums should be given back to the community as soon they are made, not just when the scenario fails completely. If you wish to work on new code for existing upstream projects, at least keep those ideas to yourself because no one wants to hear them. Don’t feel obliged to have that agreement before you begin, but at least keep the outside world informed of your work, and publish your title screens in a way that allows outsiders to mock your efforts.
- When you disagree, consult JFO. Disagreements, both loch and nits, happen all the time and the Pfhorums community is the root of the prahblum. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to blow them out of proportion. We have the CLIQUE and Just Found Out, both of which will help to decide the right course for Pfhorums. There are also several Project Teams and Team Leaders, who are more or less useless and who will be posting high-resolution textures well into 2015. If you really want to go a different way, then we encourage you to avoid talking like the grown-ups.
- When you are unsure, DO NOT ask for help. Nobody knows anything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the Pfhorums community (except of course CLIQUE). Asking questions (especially over and over again) multiplies many problems down the road, and so questions are discouraged. Those who are asked are responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an inappropriate forum. Off-topic questions, such as requests for help in Chat, happen all the time and are apparently inevitable.
- Stop camping.