Great people work on DIVA: this is our “Code of Merit”

The Code of Merit is a meritocratic approach to project management and communication in technical projects. In the book “The Internet Galaxy” by Manuel Castells the thesis is put forward, that among the internet pioneers the meritocratic principle played an essential role in the structure. So those who enjoy the greatest reputation, who have attracted attention through excellent performance and positive reputation, in relation to innovations. The Code of Merit provides guidelines for working together based on the pursuit of technical merit. The Code of Merit is publicly available here.

The Code of Merit

A meritocratic approach to project management and discussions. This document outlines guidelines geared towards increasing the technical value of based on the pursuit of technical merit.”

  1. The project creators, lead developers, core team, constitute the managing members of the project and have final say in every decision of the project, technical or otherwise, including overruling previous decisions. There are no limitations to this decisional power.
  2. Contributions are an expected result of your membership on the project. Don’t expect others to do your work or help you with your work forever.
  3. All members have the same opportunities to seek any challenge they want within the project.
  4. Authority or position in the project will be proportional to the accrued contribution. Seniority must be earned.
  5. Software is evolutive: the better implementations must supersede lesser implementations. Technical advantage is the primary evaluation metric.
  6. This is a space for technical prowess; topics outside of the project will not be tolerated.
  7. Non technical conflicts will be discussed in a separate space. Disruption of the project will not be allowed.
  8. Individual characteristics, including but not limited to, body, sex, sexual preference, race, language, religion, nationality, or political preferences are irrelevant in the scope of the project and will not be taken into account concerning your value or that of your contribution to the project.
  9. Discuss or debate the idea, not the person.
  10. There is no room for ambiguity: Ambiguity will be met with questioning; further ambiguity will be met with silence. It is the responsibility of the originator to provide requested context.
  11. If something is illegal outside the scope of the project, it is illegal in the scope of the project. This Code of Merit does not take precedence over governing law.
  12. This Code of Merit governs the technical procedures of the project not the activities outside of it.
  13. Participation on the project equates to agreement of this Code of Merit.
  14. No objectives beyond the stated objectives of this project are relevant to the project. Any intent to deviate the project from its original purpose of existence will constitute grounds for remedial action which may include expulsion from the project.

We support everyone and encourage everyone to contribute. However, if you are a shitbird to other contributors during your work on the project, or if you’re found to be inciting violence with your work, then you’ll be kicked out of the project.

This document is adapted from the Code of Merit, version 1.0. See:


The non-profit association DIVA.EXCHANGE, uses a barrier-free and collaborative approach to create free banking and exchange technology for everyone. The open source technology ensures the privacy of all participants in the financial system of the future. The blockchain-based overall system is completely distributed. Everyone can participate in the developmend of DIVA.EXCHANGE.

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Simply send an email to with the subject “I want to join the association DIVA.EXCHANGE” and include your full name, address and – if applicable – your organization.

DIVA.EXCHANGE is open to everyone and every organization all over the world.


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