Code of conduct

TL;DR version

A short summary of the group rules.

  • Be nice and respectful to others.
  • Post in English.
  • Be professional. Aim for good quality in questions and discussions.
  • For sharing code use nopaste service.
  • Publish only PHP and web-centric development related topics.
  • Job offers have to be PHP or web development related.
  • Don’t share personal data (emails, phone numbers…).

The full version


This document defines the Code of Conduct of the global PHP Group and all of its environments. You accept the rules outlined by the Code of Conduct when joining our group or when participating in any of our repositories. You must follow the Code of Conduct accordingly. Any violation will result in the temporary or permanent removal of your membership. The Code of Conduct counts for everyone, administrators and regular members alike.

The following rules are mandatory to participate in the group and any of its repositories:

Content localization

Anything published on the timeline of the group must be in English. Members of the group are located all over the world. The language of the group has been standardized to English to guarantee painless communication. Attached shares localized into other languages will be removed without further notice. Posted content that is localized in other languages and that does not count as a regular Facebook share will be removed.

Commits and issues sent to our repositories must be localized to English.

Content quality

Shares and posts to the timeline must have a regular level of quality. Questions must be researched before being posted. The group acts as a group to help on specific problems, not to read out documentations or querying the web for you. You must avoid posting large code snippets to the timeline of the group. We always recommend sharing source code using nopaste service to grant the best possible readability. Long source code posted to the timeline can be difficult to read, because of the limited space on Facebook. Topics with large source code as their content will be removed from the timeline of the group. Comments with large source code as their content will be removed from the content stream. Duplicate topics are not encouraged as they fill the group timeline and hinder the visibility of other topics. Duplicates will be removed from the group timeline.

There is no place for low-quality content. Low-quality content includes topics with only code and without any proper description of the problem, unclear photos of screens that are difficult to read, and job opportunity shares that don’t have a proper introduction.

Forbidden content

It is not allowed to post content that does not cover PHP and web-centric development. Any violation of this rule will result in permanent removal of membership. Content that violates the Facebook community standards will be forwarded to Facebook staff.

Job opportunities must be related to PHP or web development! Use some discretion in the frequency of such posts, and do not post them every day or every hour. Our group is aimed primarily at discussions and should not act as a job feed. Any off-topic opportunities will be removed. Job opportunities that encourage discrimination as outlined below under “Social Behavior” are not acceptable and will be removed.

Humor and sarcasm are not encouraged because they can have different points of reference among users.

Sharing or requesting for personal data (emails, phone numbers, WhatsApp numbers, Skype identities or addresses in general) and sharing WhatsApp group invites are explicitly not allowed in the group. Instead, you should use private message functionality. This excludes sharing your contact information used for business purposes.

Hijacking topics is not allowed. This either includes off-topic advertisements in comments or commenting in a way that should be done by starting a new conversation.

Exploits and hacks are not allowed. This includes infringing other websites/services Terms of Services (ToS) by exploiting their automated systems or in any other given way. Such infringements will be forwarded to the respective website if necessary.

You must respect licenses and other people’s work. To use other people’s code, text, themes, designs and similar intellectual property, please consult with the owners and the given licenses. Reports to the original authors will be also made for further investigation based on the harm done. Copyright infringements end with a permanent removal of the offending membership and all related offending material.

Committing any kind of the described forbidden content to our repository will be rejected and your behavior will be alerted to the GitHub staff.

Security issues are examined and treated accordingly to the severity of the situation. If the issue is severe, the topic is removed from the public discussion to prevent further possible damage. Project owners are notified about it and are given time to fix it.

Social behavior

You have to act socially. There is no place for harassment or bullying at our group, nor any place for political content not related to PHP or web development. You should never compromise or harm other members.

Discrimination is not acceptable. Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, nationality, religion, technology, education, socio-economic status and any other arbitrary exclusion of a group of people is unwelcome. The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances is not acceptable.

You have to act peacefully. There is no place for terrorism, recruitment shares, and social honeypots. We actively track group content and will forward such content directly to Facebook and international authorities. Our main duty is to protect our members.

Handle your posts accordingly to the situation. Don’t delete your topics once solutions were provided. Respect time of others willing to help you. Leaving topics available in the group might also help someone as you in the future. Topics are also visible in group search and therefore available for people looking for existing solutions.

Closing topics. Topics are closed by group staff decision in a case of non-English content, personal data shared, duplicate posts or low-quality discussions. Closing topics on your behalf is not a welcome practice and requires a decision from the group staff. Instead, ask staff members to close the particular topic for you.

Bumping topics. Bumping topics in order to change the post position above the other discussions is not a welcome practice and should be avoided except for posts related to support (questions) that need additional attention and help from community members.

Affiliate links and paid promotions: When a post contains an affiliate link or a paid promotion, it must be clear to users by adding additional information like “this is an affiliate link/paid promotion” or similar in the post description.

Private messaging. Avoid sending commercial, support questions, or similar messages to community members over private messages. Harassing community members should be avoided at all costs. Contact and interact with people you don’t know with some sense related to the particular situation and respect user’s privacy.

Disrespecting staff members

Insults, not following the instructions and similar disrespecting of the group administrators and moderators will result in a permanent ban.

Blocking staff members makes communication with you impossible. We must be able to communicate with you to resolve issues, explain certain situations, and to give you further instruction about posts. In such cases, other staff members may ask you to remove the block, otherwise your membership ends in a permanent ban.


When banning (blocking/removing/revoking account membership), the following types of bans are practiced:

  • Kick

    A user account is only removed from the group and not blocked. They may return to the group at any time.

  • Temporary ban

    A user account is blocked from accessing the group for few days or weeks. When a group staff member removes the user from the blocked list, the user may return.

  • Ban

    A user account is blocked from accessing the group for few months to about a year.


The project team maintains confidentiality with regards to the reporter of an incident. Wherever possible, we ask you to not disclose information about the incident publicly until we properly address the situation. This includes not posting on social media about the incident until we have had an opportunity to ensure the safety of all involved.