Code of Conduct


The VitaDAO community contains professionals and volunteers from all over the world working in many different capacities including investigating intellectual property, leading working groups, writing code, managing events, and managing social channels. Diversity is one of our strengths, but it can sometimes give rise to miscommunication and conflict. To ensure that all of our contributors feel welcome and valued, our code of conduct establishes clear expectations for participants in VitaDAO. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of prohibited behavior, but rather, a set of principles for maintaining a healthy and inclusive community. This code of conduct applies to all activities of VitaDAO. In some cases, violations of this code may affect a person’s ability to participate in our community.


Please report any code of conduct violations by reaching out to an admin in one of VitaDAO’s channels or by email. We are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of anyone who reports a violation.

Any member of the DAO can submit a suspected breach of the Code of Conduct by another member of the DAO to trigger the Dispute Resolution Process that will include the authority to reprimand, penalise or restrict any member of the DAO. Any reprimand, penalty or restriction on participaction will be handled according to the VitaDAO dispute resolution guidelines.


Be friendly and patient. Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.

Be respectful. People working together will inevitably disagree or become frustrated with one another at times, but conflict is no excuse for bad behavior or personal attacks. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Be respectful of one another and those outside our community who interact with us. Be careful in the words that you choose. Conduct yourself professionally.

Be kind to others. Refrain from all forms of harassment, including: Violent threats or language directed against another person. Discriminatory jokes and language. Posting sexually explicit or violent material. Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxxing”). Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms. Unwelcome sexual attention. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior. Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

Be understanding. Strive to resolve disagreements constructively. Our contributors come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives. If you disagree with someone, seek to understand their perspective and share yours respectfully.


Governance participation with a Conflict of Interest is forbidden. Any member of a working group or VitaCore with a potential conflict of interest must disclose the conflict to VitaCore and abstain from governance participation, which includes voting and the discussion of the vote. A conflict of interest is anything a reasonable person (or arbitrator) might believe results in competing professional or personal obligations or personal or financial interests that would make it difficult to participate fairly in governance. Members of a working group or VitaCore are subject to fiduciary duties to act in good faith for the benefit of the VitaDAO token holders and the broader community as a whole.

In case of doubt about whether a case qualifies as a conflict of interest, the legal working group of VitaDAO will make that decision through soft governance among its contributors (Discord tag “Legal WG Contributor”, excluding guests) in its Discord chat “#legal-wg” or using an appropriate alternative, such as a legal working group call.

Conflicts of interests must be disclosed in the corresponding proposal (in phase 1, in phase 2 on Discourse, and in phase 3 on Snapshot) as well as other relevant channels, such as the Vitacore channel or a working group channel on Discord. Conflicts of interest not disclosed prior to governance participation can result in a reprimand, a penalty, or restrictions from the DAO.

This Code of Conduct is forked from the Linux Foundation’s with additional input from Mozilla’s.


Note: Changes made according to VDP-37 were reversed as VDP-37 did not pass quorum.