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PORCH Code of Conduct

We’re so glad you’re here! This is the PORCH Code of Conduct. 


PORCH is for EVERYONE. We are committed to inclusion and diversity in everything we do. Our goal is for all members to feel safe, welcome, and valued. We treat everyone in the community like family. 


This is a safe and welcoming community where all our members are asked to follow these do’s and don’ts when in the PORCH community on SLACK, in meetings, or at events. 




DO SHARE, Learn and Grow - in that order

Share your experiences, advice, and learnings to help others learn. PORCH is also a place to learn from others. You should feel free to ask questions and get advice from others who have gone through similar challenges. We all want to continue growing, and if you share and learn in PORCH, we will all grow together. A good rule of thumb is to;


“Help / provide advice to two people for every question you ask”


DO Have empathy for others

We all have our own challenges. Be empathetic and provide thoughtful advice.


DO Think before you post

Before you post anything, please think about how it will be perceived. With the real-time web, there is no undo button. If something makes you even slightly uncomfortable, figure out what needs to be changed, fix it, then post. Also, please recognize that you are legally responsible for any content you post and may be subject to liability if your posts are defamatory, harassing, or a  violation of any applicable law, or our Terms and Conditions.


DO Give feedback

The PORCH team wants to hear from you.  Please let us know if you have comments, suggestions, or ideas. The best communities grow together, and we value your input. 


DO Show positivity and optimism

PORCH exists to help each other. No harassment or disrespect will be tolerated. Any behaviour of this kind should be reported. Please screenshot the issue and send it via DM to @neil or to The golden rule applies to everything.   


“Treat others as you would like others to treat you.”

DON’T Sell or self-promote

PORCH is not a marketplace. We do not want members pitching their services or selling within the community. We understand there is a thin line here, and we reserve the right to remove posts that we feel cross the line.


DON’T Post about inflammatory topics

We all have different beliefs in religion and politics. All are welcome in Canada and PORCH. We do not bring politics and religious debates (or similar topics) into the community.


DON’T Overshare. Do not talk about individuals or share their personal information without their permission. Respect everyone's privacy.  You may NOT use information obtained in PORCH to sell or share outside of PORCH.  Don’t share any intellectual property or proprietary or confidential information in the Community. Meetings and Discussions follow Chatham House rules.


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