by 0x5b5cc427c1d81db4f94de4d51d85ce122d63e244 (Fehz)
This proposal aims to establish a comprehensive Code of Ethics for the Decentraland DAO and its communication channels.
As the DAO’s influence grows, it becomes essential to establish a robust Code of Ethics that outlines the principles, standards, and ethical guidelines that all participants must adhere to. This proposal seeks to create a comprehensive document that will encompass various aspects of the DAO’s activities.
As the Decentraland DAO continues to experience rapid growth and attract incremental participation from diverse community members and stakeholders, the need for a robust Code of Ethics becomes increasingly evident.
A diverse community brings fresh perspectives and ideas, but it also poses challenges related to potential conflict escalation. Without a well-defined framework and clear guidelines for moderators to apply rules fairly and consistently, there is a risk of subjective decision-making and inconsistency in enforcing standards of conduct.
By establishing a comprehensive Code of Ethics, the DAO aims to create a better and more welcoming space for new joiners and a safer space for the current community members. This framework will promote transparency, fairness, and inclusivity, providing a solid foundation for all community members to participate and contribute with confidence.
The Decentraland DAO’s Code of Ethics will be founded on core principles, including fairness and inclusivity, privacy and data protection, open decision-making, and conflict resolution. These guiding values form the foundation for cultivating an ecosystem that is inclusive, secure, and accountable.
This document is structured into distinct sections to encompass a comprehensive framework that guides the behavior and interactions of all community members:
I. Preamble: In this introductory section, the Code sets forth the fundamental values and overarching principles that underpin the DAO’s ethical foundation.
II. Core Principles and Guidelines: This section outlines the key principles that form the backbone of the Code of Ethics. These principles serve as guiding lights for all participants, fostering a culture of collaboration, openness, and responsible conduct.
III. Rules of Engagement: The Code further defines specific rules and guidelines for community engagement and communication. It explicitly prohibits excessive attacks, insults, trolling, flaming, bullying, baiting for arguments, and the use of offensive language towards others. This section ensures a safe and respectful environment for all members to express their views and ideas freely.
IV. Enforcement Mechanisms: This section addresses the enforcement mechanisms of the Code of Ethics. It outlines the procedures and consequences for non-compliance with the established ethical standards.
V. Closing: final statement.
The implementation of the code of ethics within the Decentraland DAO is anticipated to have several positive impacts on the community and its overall functioning. On one hand, It will create a more respectful and tolerant environment, fostering a culture of kindness and understanding. On the other hand, It will discourage toxic behavior, personal attacks, and offensive language, to promote healthy discourse and more productive discussions on Decentraland and governance topics.
The establishment of clear guidelines agreed by the community for behavior and content will also mitigate the risk of harmful or malicious activities, such as hate speech, scams, and impersonation, thereby safeguarding the community from potential harm. Moreover, public tracking of strikes and sanctions by designated Moderators will enhance transparency and accountability in enforcing these guidelines.
This code will act as a backbone and a framework for Moderator(s) and DAO Teams to foster a safe, welcoming and respectful environment
If the proposal garners the necessary support and passes, the Code of Ethics will be activated and enforced starting from 00:00 hours of the following day of its approval. To maintain transparency and accountability, the designated Moderator(s) responsible for this role will maintain a publicly accessible record that tracks strikes and sanctions issued in accordance with the Code of Ethics.
The process of re-affirming or amending the Code of Ethics entails the submission of a Binding Governance Proposal, requiring the approval of the proposal with 75% or more of the voting power in favor.
Recognizing the importance of actively involving all community members in the rule-making process and to ensure a truly inclusive and representative framework, rules and guidelines, the adoption of a well-structured Code of Ethics will strengthen community trust, enhance the overall experience for participants, and ensure the Decentraland DAO remains as a sustainable ecosystem for all its stakeholders.