Code of Conduct

Purpose

A primary goal of ContraryCon is to be inclusive to the largest number of participants, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in the conference, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all participants to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert organizers if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of conference events, including talks and presentations.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any conference participant, including sponsors and organizers, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, we may take any action deemed appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the conference without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify us as soon as possible by emailing deaddrop@contrarycon.com. Please read Reporting Guidelines for details.

Additionally, organizers are available to help attendees engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. Organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Addressing Grievances

Only permanent resolutions (such as bans) may be appealed. To appeal a decision of the conduct working group, contact the ContraryCon organizers at deaddrop@contrarycon.com with your appeal and the organizing group will review the case.

Scope

We expect all attendees to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of the conference when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of participants.

Contact info

ISL contrarycon@isl.co

License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is based on the Open Source Bridge Code of Conduct and is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.