Code of Conduct for Community of Sound

Community of Sound
Code of Conduct

Events at Community of Sound take place on the homeland of the Western Abenaki People. Let’s respect and protect “N’dakinna” — their land — while we are here.

The Community of Sound and its individual members pledge to provide a harassment free environment. The following Code of Conduct applies to all designated Community of Sound spaces both online and offline.

Harassment includes (not limited to):

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, are, race or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names or pronouns.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they are not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitements of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Patterns of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
  • Continuing one-on-one communication after a request to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.

All participants, members and non-members alike, are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Community of Sound Code of Conduct. If you are in our space, you will abide by our Code of Conduct.


If there is a violation of our Code of Conduct please report it to one of the charter members who will involve a second charter member. We have a zero tolerance policy and individuals who do not abide by our Code of Conduct will be removed from digital and physical spaces within our control.

Intellectual Property & Artistic Integrity

The Members of The Community of Sound will respect and protect the intellectual property rights by refraining from sharing or reproducing the work of another member without express permission from the creating member themselves.

The Community of Sound is an organization in which proper credit will be accurately and thoughtfully assigned to any person that contributes to the development of a project.

The Community of Sound commits to being accurate, honest and complete when portraying any performance, publication and/or release in any media and/or marketing material. Deliberate misrepresentation of the collective by a member might negatively affect the integrity of the collective.


For all people in the studio:

  • Smoking/vaping is prohibited inside and also within 50ft of the building.
  • Alcohol presence must follow the law. There are no “BYO” events at CoS.
  • All messes get cleaned up.
  • This is a functional workspace, items in this space are physically dangerous if you do not know what they are or how they work. Don’t touch or mess with things.
  • In general: be mindful of yourself, respect the people you encounter, honor the spirit of a space dedicated to the experience of sound.

Members of the Community of Sound are to be trained to use the instruments, hardware and software in the studio. If a member is unsure how to correctly operate a piece of equipment in the studio the member will pursue familiarity with the equipment before using it. Protocol will be developed over time to ensure the proper care of studio equipment.

Duplicating studio keys or giving keys to another party without the permission of the collective compromises the personal safety of the members and/or security of the collectives resources. Gahlord is the only member authorized to distribute keys.

Members of the Community of Sound are to be sensitive to the needs and restrictions of the other tenants of the building. Compromising our ability to keep the space will effectively compromise the collective as a whole.

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Some additional guidelines on how to be civil and avoid being a jerk, from the makers of our forum software:

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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