Moderation on Kubernetes Communications Channels

This page describes the rules and best practices for people chosen to moderate Kubernetes communications channels. This includes, Slack and the mailing lists and any communication tool used in an official manner by the project.

Roles and Responsibilities

As part of volunteering to become a moderator you are now representative of the Kubernetes community and it is your responsibility to remain aware of your contributions in this space. These responsibilities apply to all Kubernetes official channels.

Moderators MUST:

  • Take action as specified by these Kubernetes Moderator Guidelines.
    • You are empowered to take immediate action when there is a violation. You do not need to wait for review or approval if an egregious violation has occurred. Make a judgement call based on our Code of Conduct and Values (see below).
    • Removing a bad actor or content from the medium is preferable to letting it sit there.
  • Abide by the documented tasks and actions required of moderators.
  • Ensure that the CNCF Code of Conduct is in effect on all official Kubernetes communication channels.
  • Become familiar with the Kubernetes Community Values.
  • Take care of spam as soon as possible, which may mean taking action by removing a member from that resource.
  • Foster a safe and productive environment by being aware of potential multiple cultural differences between Kubernetes community members.
  • Understand that you might be contacted by moderators, community managers, and other users via private email or a direct message.
  • Report egregious behavior to

Moderators SHOULD:

  • Exercise compassion and empathy when communicating and collaborating with other community members.
  • Understand the difference between a user abusing the resource or just having difficulty expressing comments and questions in English.
  • Be an example and role model to others in the community.
  • Remember to check and recognize if you need take a break when you become frustrated or find yourself in a heated debate.
  • Help your colleagues if you recognize them in one of the stages of burnout.
  • Be helpful and have fun!


The Kubernetes Steering Committee will have the final authority regarding escalated moderation matters. Violations of the Code of Conduct will be handled on a case by case basis. Depending on severity this can range up to and including removal of the person from the community, though this is extremely rare.

Specific Guidelines

These guidelines are for tool-specific policies that don’t fit under a general umbrella.

Mailing Lists



References and Resources

Thanks to the following projects for making their moderation guidelines public, allowing us to build on the shoulders of giants. Moderators are encouraged to learn how other projects moderate and learn from them in order to improve our guidelines: