Code Of Conduct

Summary

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the Newspeak House community, both online and in-person. We expect our code of conduct to be honoured, and anyone who violates this code of conduct may be asked to leave the community. We expect members of the Newspeak House community will:

  • Be friendly and patient
  • Be welcoming
  • Be considerate
  • Be respectful
  • Be careful in the words that we choose
  • Try to understand why we disagree

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via dean@nwspk.com. We encourage you to read the full Code of Conduct here.

In Full

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the Newspeak House community, both online and in-person, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behaviour. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honoured. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be asked to leave the community.

Our community strives to:

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming: We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate: Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a worldwide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
  • Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour 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.
  • Be careful in the words that we choose: we are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.
  • Try to understand why we disagree: Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

Definitions

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, age, regional discrimination, political or religious affiliation

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment

  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s gender identity. You must address people by the name they give you when not addressing them by their username or handle

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop

  • Threats of violence, both physical and psychological

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Stalking or following

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes

  • Sustained disruption of discussion

  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour

  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “please go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”

  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts

  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial

  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. We seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honour diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via:

Edward: ed@nwspk.com, +447796955572

Aisha

All reports will be handled with discretion.

In your report please include:

  • Your contact information.

  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well. Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger), please include a link.

  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond.

Attribution & Acknowledgements

We’d like to thank the communities and projects that established code of conducts and diversity statements as our inspiration:


Newspeak House is dedicated to providing a great experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, appearance, race, or religion. For this reason, we will not tolerate any form of harassment in our space. Attendees found to be engaging in harassment may be sanctioned or expelled, and risk being barred from entering Newspeak House.

What is Harassment?

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments
  • intimidation, stalking or following
  • photographing or recording someone without their permission
  • sustained disruption of talks
  • uninvited physical contact
  • uninvited sexual attention

Participants asked to stop harassing behaviour, either by attendees or staff, must comply immediately.

What can I do if I'm being harassed?

In some cases you may find clearly saying ‘no’ or ‘please leave me alone’, or simply walking away, will be enough. In these cases we would appreciate it if a Newspeak House staff member or organiser was informed privately to help us identify repeat offenders.

If you continue to be harassed or notice someone else being harassed, please contact a staff member or organiser immediately, so we can take action to ensure your safety. If you are uncomfortable discussing the nature of the harassment, you do not have to report it – we will ensure anyone is provided an escort or safe space for the event on request. If you wish to report harassment, we will work with you to respond to the issue in a way that assists you in feeling safe and maintains the safety of the event, as well as enforcing our anti-harassment policy. We will make every effort to calmly de-escalate the situation, and can provide you with any assistance or support you need afterwards.

If you report a serious criminal matter, please be aware that we may be obliged to contact the police. We would however take into account any concerns you may have around involving them.

What if something else is making me uncomfortable?

If something about Newspeak House's events, advertising, social media, or anything else is worrying you, please do talk to us about it. Please email dean@nwspk.com and we’ll do our best to improve the situation.


Useful References

https://www.emfcamp.org/code-of-conduct
http://www.opencon2016.org/code_of_conduct
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code\_of\_Conduct/Draft
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Training_modules/Keeping_events_safe/First_draft

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