The code of conduct draft has been re-written based on community feedback and is available for community review here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/235308 - we ask that you please offer your comments, questions, and suggestions on that page. Comments have been closed on this page.
The following is the proposed DrupalCon Code of Conduct that has been drafted by a group that includes past DrupalCon organizers, Drupal Association staff and board members, and other community volunteers.
We would like to invite the community to review this draft and provide any questions, comments, or suggestions in the thread below between now and 9:00pm Central US Time on June 5. On June 6, a finalized draft incorporating community feedback will be presented to the Drupal Association for final review, approval, and adoption.
There are a lot of people who have helped out with this effort over the past few months; I'd like to specifically call out a few who have provided some great feedback and advice: Amye Scavarda, Ashe Dryden, Bec White, Donna Benjamin, Megan Sanicki, Neil Kent, and Jacob Redding.
DrupalCon Code of Conduct
DrupalCon is an international event that brings together the people who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform.
At DrupalCon, we believe that our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. This code is intended to supplement the existing Drupal community Code of Conduct located at http://drupal.org/dcoc
We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.
We value the participation of each member of the Drupal community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether or not officially sponsored by DrupalCon.
- Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of DrupalCon and related events. All DrupalCon venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or 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.
Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for DrupalCon.
While healthy, participatory discourse is encouraged, we will not tolerate abusive, badgering, or baiting arguments, whether during a session or otherwise. Likewise, disrupting the presentation of any individual, either through excessive interruptions, loud talking through a session in close proximity to a session, or attempting to take the stage (or similar presentation area) during another individual’s presentation will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by attendees, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of DrupalCon venues.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, conference staff may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.
What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a conference staff member as soon as possible.
If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:
- Neil Kent, Drupal Association Events Director
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- Megan Sanicki, Drupal Association Sponsor Manager
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- Jacob Redding, Drupal Association Executive Director
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The DrupalCon team will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
We expect all conference participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
- All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.
- Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for DrupalCon.
- Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.
Thank you for helping make DrupalCon a welcoming, friendly event for all!
The DrupalCon Code of Conduct is based in part on the Open Source Bridge Code of Conduct (http://opensourcebridge.org/about/code-of-conduct/) and the PyCon Code of Conduct (http://us.pycon.org/2012/codeofconduct/). It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) and is available for others to use and adapt for their own events.
Last fall, I started working with a number of folks involved with DrupalCon Denver and the Drupal Association on putting together a DrupalCon Code of Conduct that would supplement our existing community Code of Conduct for conferences and cover things like harassing behavior, etc.
Those efforts stalled out (due primarily to my own personal commitments), but it is an issue that's gotten some attention again recently within the community with regard to the presence of "booth babes" at DrupalCon. Having a conference code of conduct is emerging as a best practice for technology conferences, and we really should have one for DrupalCon.
The existing Drupal.org code of conduct covers some of these issues, but is not sufficient for a physical event. My feeling is that any DrupalCon Code of Conduct should supplement the existing community CoC, not amend or replace it.
I've already started a draft policy based on those used by other conferences; what I'd like is some interested folks to help review it in a smaller group, and then post to g.d.o for review and comment by the larger community. If you're interested in helping out and/or have other thoughts to share, please post them in the comments below. Thanks!
Here is some background and links to other policies courtesy of becw:
"Why conferences need a code of conduct":
Here are a few codes of conduct from other conferences:
Open Source Bridge
Geek Feminism wiki:
DrupalCamp Chicago 2010 had a code of conduct, and DrupalCamp Sydney used
nearly the same text: