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This Code of Conduct covers your behavior as a member of the OpenMRS Community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel, install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence. The OpenMRS Management Committee Leadership Team will arbitrate in any dispute over the conduct of a member of the community.

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When you disagree, consult others. Disagreements, both political and technical, happen all the time and the OpenMRS community is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively. You should turn to the community and to the community process to seek advice and to resolve disagreements. We have the OpenMRS Management Committee Leadership Team which will decide the right course for OpenMRS. There are also several Project Teams and Team Leaders, who may be able to help you figure out which direction will be most acceptable. If you really want to go a different way, then we encourage you to make a module available using the OpenMRS Module Repository, so that the community can try out your changes and ideas for itself and contribute to the discussion.

When you are unsure, ask for help. Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the OpenMRS community (except Burke of course, Ben). Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum. Off-topic questions, such as requests for help on a development mailing list, detract from productive discussion.

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