Code of Conduct

This is the code of conduct document for the NIME forum. The NIME conference has its own Code of Conduct, but the one below is specifically for this forum.

This is a living document! If you have suggestions, please email Last updated: August 6 2020

The Short Version

NIME is a community for music makers, technologists, artists, musicians, scientists, and instrument builders. We are a community that acknowledges that inequality exists in this community, and aims to continuously improve how it embodies existing values of diversity and inclusion.

Communication in this forum should be respectful. If you make a mistake, apologise.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, please tell them to stop.

If you can’t resolve an issue, contact the forum admins at

Long Version

About NIME

NIME is a worldwide community of instrument builders, musicians, scientists, academics, and artists. NIME strives to be inclusive of individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, career paths, languages, body sizes, knowledge types, musical taste and technical ability.

The NIME forum was launched after the successful NIME 2020, which took place entirely online due to coronavirus restrictions. There was a strong desire within the community to continue the stimulating and exciting conversations we were having.

Be respectful

Respectful behaviour includes:

  • Being considerate, kind, helpful, and encouraging.
  • Actively avoiding language that is demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, threatening, or aggressive.
  • Starting topics in appropriate categories.
  • Use the Like button instead of no-content replies
  • Use Reply as a Linked Topic instead of diverting existing topics

If you’re unsure, ask one of our staff.

Look out for yourself

If you experience disrespectful behaviour and feel that you are unable to respond or don’t feel that you can resolve it yourself (for any reason), please bring it to the attention of the forum admins through We will listen to you and help you to resolve the issue, or address the problem ourselves if that’s more appropriate. Any messages sent to this address are confidential.

Look out for others

The NIME community was founded on peer discussion and feedback. We believe that discourse builds a richer, more diverse community of practitioners.

We also acknowledge that inequities exist in this community, due to exclusionary factors related to gender, race, access to education, mother tongue, socioeconomic status, access to technology, and a myriad of other causes. We believe that the NIME community should be actively working against these oppressive forces, and progressing as a community towards greater inclusivity.

This means that that if you see someone behaving disrespectfully, we encourage you to respectfully discourage that behaviour. We are all in a constant state of learning, and must help one another. If you don’t feel you can do this yourself, send a message to the forum admins at Any messages sent to this address are confidential.

Don’t do these things

In addition to behaving with respect and contributing to a spirit of helpfulness and encouragement, the following behaviours are strictly not allowed:

  • Impersonating someone else
  • Posting someone else’s work as your own
  • Posting offensive language, media or images
  • Posting private information in public spaces

If you see any harassing or trolling behaviour, please report it immediately by sending a link to

Apologise for mistakes

We are all learning, and we all make mistakes. If your behaviour is highlighted for being disrespectful please apologise accordingly, and consider how you might choose different words in the future.


The forum admins and moderators are volunteers who seek to facilitate wider communication within the NIME community, both among established members as well as newcomers. The forum admins act in the interests of the NIME community and its future.

If the forum admins or moderators determine that a forum user is behaving disrespectfully, disobeying the rules, or exhibiting any other behaviour that does not further our community or its values, the forum admins will take any action appropriate for the situation, including removing posts or disabling user accounts.

The moderators and admins reserve the right to remove any content or user account for any reason at any time.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.