Despite the no-nonsense and irreverent nature of this conference, it will be a safe environment for all attendees. We will not tolerate intimidation, harassment, personal abuse, discrimination, personal derogatory or demeaning conduct. This includes in your online behaviour as well as during attendance, whether directed at an individual or against some group defined by immaterial factors.
To be clear: harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race religion, disability, 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.
But just because it is safe doesn’t mean it will always be comfortable. We want everyone to cut through the bullshit and express themselves clearly and directly. You can expect people to be caustic, skewering and profane. You may be challenged by things people say. You may be in a minority for a choice of technology, or a practice you support, or an attitude you hold towards technology. Participants are expected : To actively listen to each other; not to mount defences by attacking any person or their capabilities; to engage with the ideas; to accept that there are different perspectives - which when understood collectively can help us all.
The mood we’re going for here, as @kninki put it on Twitter, is “ragey love”. Robust discussion; ranting and raving; debating and arguing; all with the best of intentions and a respect for those who push back against our biases and beliefs.
But be in no doubt: if a participant engages in behaviour that violates this Code of Conduct, or invites serious complaint with any behaviour not precisely covered by this Code of Conduct, the event organisers will take the appropriate action. If anyone at the conference violates this code of Conduct they shall be advised and warned. If the violation of this Code of Conduct is repeated or intentional that person will be asked to leave. As organisers may not be present in every conversation and situation, participants should bring any complaint to their attention at the earliest opportunity.
You can make your point passionately and even angrily without abusing or discriminating against people FFS.