A project’s mission statement needs to outline its aims and values in a concise way. Fortunately, we need not look far for inspiration because our community has a great leader. Whenever we see José Valim, he’s always smiling. Always happy and helpful.
The Elixir community reflects this.
Happy and Helpful captures the fundamental principles of kindness, consideration and understanding, including of those who may, at times, themselves appear not to be.
Remember that our community is diverse - so PLEASE try your hardest to be considerate towards those who may be different from you, even if you don’t understand them.
This works both ways. If you come across a person or opinion that leaves you dumbfounded, remember that everyone’s opinions have developed in different ways. Perhaps the other person lacks the very particular experiences that you have been through. Or perhaps you are fortunate (or unfortunate) to have never experienced what they have experienced. So please be understanding, be willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, and try to enlighten rather than enrage and pointscore. That last one is something that almost all of us need to remind ourselves of from time to time.
All this is a roundabout way of saying that we intend to honour the spirit of the Elixir community on this forum, in a happy and helpful way.