GitHub Stars are technology experts who passionately share their
knowledge with the community and the Star Award is our way of saying
"Thanks!" to outstanding community leaders. However, it’s not enough
to be a great technologist that can amplify to the broad community –
we also expect that Stars exemplify our values and display community
spirit in a positive way by conducting themselves with respect and
restraint whenever they engage with others within and outside the
Program. Simply put, an individual’s character and leadership truly
matter to us.
This Code of Conduct is a summary of GitHub’s minimum expectations is
intended to provide individuals considering participation in the Stars
Program and the public with the standards we put forth for our
community of Stars. GitHub may update this page at any time.
Expectations for Stars (At a Minimum)
- No disrespectful behavior. This includes threats,
harassment, stalking, abuse, slurs, profanity, personal attacks,
sexual remarks or innuendos, physical violence, public speculation
about others, and any other behavior that GitHub deems inconsistent
with the Stars Program.
- No impersonations of a GitHub employee, agent,
manager, host, or another user.
- No illegal or offensive activities. Stars will not
publish, post, distribute, or disseminate defamatory, infringing,
obscene, or other unlawful material or discussion. This includes,
but is not limited to, child pornography, bestiality, incest,
illegal drugs, software piracy, terrorism, discriminatory/racist
statements or images and harassment.
- Accountability. Stars are fully responsible and
liable for anything they say (whether orally or in writing) or do.
This includes any actions taken based on advice or information
received in online forums or elsewhere, how a Star conducts
themselves as a community leader, and interactions with other Stars
and the general public.
- No libel or slander against GitHub or other persons or
Libel includes false statements made in written form, such as
statements posted to forums or other publicly accessible websites,
electronic mail, or any other printed form.
- No confidentiality violations. Stars may get access
to certain non-public information during their participation in the
Program and are expected to honor their confidentiality obligations
with respect to such information.
- No plagiarism. Stars may only post their own
original work or work that they have written permission to post. If
a Star cites another author’s work, Stars are expected to provide
any necessary attribution according to the requirements associated
with the original author’s work. Learn more about copyright at
- No discrimination or harassment. GitHub is
committed to providing a harassment-free experience to Program
participants regardless of age, ancestry, color, gender identity or
expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin,
physical size, physical or mental disability, political affiliation,
veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual
orientation, or technology choices. Harassment is unwelcome verbal,
physical or virtual behavior based on the characteristics identified
- No sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is
unwelcome verbal, physical or virtual behavior based on sex and
includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same or
different gender. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Sexual comments or inappropriate gender-based jokes
- Excessive, unwelcome romantic attention
Offering or conditioning an employment benefit or preferential
treatment, like a promotion or job assignment, in exchange for
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Sharing or displaying sexually explicit content
- Using sexually degrading words
Reporting Conduct Violations
If you become aware of a conduct violation on or offline, you are
encouraged to report it to
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed,
or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Program or
event staff immediately.
If you don’t feel comfortable going through one of these channels, you
can raise an anonymous concern via the
Microsoft Runs on Trust
website found at
The above summary of expectation applies to all Stars and is for
Additional codes of conduct and terms of participation apply to Stars,
including but not limited to: