Code of Conduct

"Changing Natures" offers users a space for reasoned debate and constructive criticism. We ask you to read and follow our guidelines when you join in discussions. Respect and tolerance are the core values of our community. Constructive criticism is welcome; insults, threats, and verbal abuse towards other users or third parties are not. 

As a participatory scientific project, Changing Natures aims to seek out and engage in a diversity of ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, disciplines, knowledge systems, and approaches. According to the values of Open Science, we see this as a mutual learning process based on accessibility, transparency, and exchange. Changing Natures is a space for open and respectful discussions. In order to make this happen, you are asked to follow the guidelines: Do not share unverifiable insinuations and suspicions that are not supported by credible arguments or sources. Please make an effort to make comprehensible statements that are related to the topic of the discussion. Advertising and other commercial content have no place in the discussions.

This code of conduct applies to all Changing Natures spaces both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the moderation and project team. 

Changing Natures is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. This includes taking seriously reasonable communication of boundaries. 


Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, age, race, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Threats of violence
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention as well as patterns of inappropriate social contact
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names



If you are being harassed by a member of the Changing Natures community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the project team at []. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to Changing Natures spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Changing Natures community outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The project team reserves the right to exclude people from Changing Natures based on their past behavior. We will not name harassment victims without their express consent.


How we deal with harassment

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the project team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Changing Natures spaces.


Credits and License

This code of conduct is based on Geek Feminism’s Community Anti-Harassment Policy. We have adapted the sample code of conduct for our own use under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 License.