The barzensuit.org website (“Site”) is an online community of volunteers and other users, with a strong, shared purpose of furthering awareness, education, innovation and development of full open-source solar power micro-generation solutions. In order to encourage creativity, innovation and technical excellence in a collaborative environment, all users agree to abide by a Code of Conduct.
The Site is an online community which exists solely for the purpose of furthering efforts to make full open-source solar power micro-generation solutions a reality for the benefit of the public and the open-source community. As such, the Site will seek to involve users from all over the world with a vested interest in solar power and open-source solar power solutions, in particular. Inevitably, this inclusion will bring users into contact with other users whose language, culture, beliefs, personal choices or similar characteristics are different. The Site cannot thrive without this diversity. At all times, users are expected to exercise inclusive behavior when interacting with other users, which means all users must not engage in actions or communications which might infringe on the rights or ability of other users to fully participate in a solutions-oriented and collaborative effort including, but not limited to, judgements about personal differences, intimidation or harassment. In short, be decent to one another, judge not and be not judged.
The Site seeks to encourage innovation and creativity. We cannot begin to tap the limitless possibilities of solar power and sustainable energy if we do not invite ideas which challenge our thinking and what we are comfortable with. Users should expect to disagree with other users but should at no time act disrespectfully toward another user because of such disagreement. Users are expected to be solutions oriented in discussions with other users. Question differences in each other’s ideas but with a focus on how a better solution might come about from such engagement.
Every User has something of value to add to the collaborative process. Some Users have more knowledge and/or experience than others. Users process information differently and arrive at conclusions at differing rates and in differing manners. The Site does not presume to hold one way of solving problems over another. The Site encourages users to act mentorly toward one another. If you feel you have something to teach another user, do so with patience and in the interest of growing the next generation of great thinkers. If you feel you have something to learn from another user, listen attentively and respectfully. At no time should a user subject the knowledge, experience or intellectual faculties of another user to ridicule. The Site has a name for such behavior: bullying; and it will not be tolerated.
For all the benefits the Internet has given humanity, it has also enabled an environment in which some people choose to behave in a manner very different from how they might behave face to face. Do not be one of those people. Users are expected to behave toward other users as if we are all face to face in the same space. Be polite. Do not be rude, vulgar, profane, offensive, hateful, condescending, dismissive, caustic or ridiculing in your manner, your actions or your communications. It’s been said that the words “please” and “thank you” are the bedrock of civilized society. This may be too simple to be true but surely if we act politely toward one another, we can channel our energy toward better solutions to our problems instead of wasting it needlessly on that which tears us apart.
The wisest people on the planet know that we never stop learning. Frustration is a common byproduct of the learning process, which at times can be difficult. Those who persevere may be rewarded with the satisfaction of having mastered something which before seemed unattainable. Let it be so for all users of the Site. We all have something new to learn. Science has yet to answer some of humanity’s most urgent problems. Let us be inclusive and respectful of one another. Let us mentor and be mentored. Let us treat one another politely so that we all may learn and grow and bring about better full open-source solar power solutions in our time.