Code of Conduct
SRCCON and OpenNews are committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment for participants of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and beliefs. We’ve written this code of conduct not because we expect bad behavior from our community—which, in our experience, is overwhelmingly kind and civil—but because we believe a clear code of conduct is one necessary part of building a respectful community space.
Participants at SRCCON events agree to:
- Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow participants.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained or willful disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; and unwelcome sexual attention. If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately, please alert any member of the conference team in person, via the team phone/text line, or via email.
- Take care of each other. Alert a member of the conference team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
If any participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the conference. (If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating this code of conduct, you should contact the conference team with a concise description of your grievance; any grievances filed will be considered by the entire OpenNews team.)
This code of conduct covers the entirety of the event. Before, during, and after SRCCON the OpenNews staff is available at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see or experience an issue. In addition, during the event you can DM any conference staff member (Erika Owens, Ryan Pitts, Sisi Wei, or Erik Westra) on Slack.
We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of our events, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.
We know having a Code of Conduct is important, but in addition to being clear about what behavior is not acceptable at SRCCON, we also thought it was important to write about how we can all take care of each other, and what great, supportive, and positive behavior looks like.
The text above is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0. Credit to Citizen Code of Conduct, the Django Project’s Code of Conduct, and the Theorizing the Web Code of Conduct from which we’ve extensively borrowed, with general thanks to the Ada Initiative’s “how to design a code of conduct for your community.”