C O D E  O F  C O N D U C T

CODE

The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to ensure that all participants in the community have the best possible experience. We are all here to help each other, to learn, to grow and to have a good time.

The Code of Conduct covers our behavior as members of the community, in any forum, mailing list, private correspondence, or public meetings.

As a worldwide community, diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to, to ensure that the community continues to be an excellent space in which to communicate, collaborate, and contribute.

This isn't an exhaustive list of things that you can't do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it's intended — a guide to make it easier to be excellent to each other. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.

  • Be considerate. Your participation will be viewed by other people, and you in turn will view the input of others. Any decision you take will affect users, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions.

  • Be patient. This mostly applies to forums. Communities are often built on volunteer time both from participants and organizers. It is possible that your question or suggestion might not receive an immediate response. Be patient and consider the norms of the community. 

  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We expect members of the community to be respectful when communicating with other community members, as well as with people outside the community.

  • Be nice. Everyone in the community should feel welcome, regardless of their background. Please be courteous, respectful and polite to fellow community members. We will not tolerate offensive comments related to gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, real or implied violence, intimidation, oppression, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks, or unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Communicate effectively. We don't all speak the same language at the same skill level. Clear communication can help to avoid misunderstandings, as can remembering that our interpretations of words can be different depending on our backgrounds. Having context is important. It's better to ask for clarification than to make assumptions. Disagreements are normal, but we expect participants on the site to resolve disagreements constructively — so please avoid flamewars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments. 

  • Ask for help when unsure. Nobody is expected to be perfect in this community. Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged, though they may be directed to the appropriate forum. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful.

  • In addition to this Code of Conduct, all interactions between site members are governed by the following policy. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers, including the site organizing team, are required to follow the following policy. Organizers are expected to enforce this policy throughout the site. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

 

Policy

  • Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Organizing staff and other volunteer organizers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

  • If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the site organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the site.

  • If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please follow the directions in the "If You Need Help" section, directly below this policy.

  • We expect participants to follow these rules on all of our sites, venues and event-related social events.

 

If You Need Help

  • Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by using our contact form. We take our community's health seriously and want to ensure everyone has a good experience, so please contact us if there is an issue so we can help address it.

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