Code of Conduct

  1. 1. Purpose

    Dev Edmonton Society's mission is to build an impactful, diverse, and collaborative developer community. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion (or lack thereof) and any personal characteristics protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act.

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

    We invite all those who participate in Dev Edmonton Society to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

  2. 2. Open Culture Citizenship

    A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open culture citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

    Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

    If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

  3. 3. Expected Behavior

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

    • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
    • 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 community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
    • Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
    • Respect the privacy and dignity of other members and the public. Treat the information of others as you'd like yours to be treated.
  4. 4. Unacceptable Behavior

    The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

    • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
    • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist 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 community events, including talks and presentations.
    • Collecting or sharing personal information (including names, emails, avatars, handles, nicknames, messages, emails, or other biographical or identifying information) without explicit and prior consent.
  5. 5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

    Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

    In an effort to build a more collaborative and inclusive community, we always endevour to resolve disputes and conduct violations through education, dialog, and respectful communication. People who demonstrate a sincere effort to change behaviour will be given a reasonable opportunity to do so, and having done so to participate in the community, but continued violations will not be tolerated and may result in further actions at the discretion of the community organizers.

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

    If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

  6. 6. Reporting Guidelines

    If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible.

    Reporting Guidelines

    Additionally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

  7. 7. Scope

    We expect all community participants (people, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business. This Code of Conduct applies online (including but not limited to Slack, chats, instant messaging, message boards, email, forums, comments) and offline.

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

  8. 8. Weapons Policy

    No weapons are allowed at Dev Edmonton Society events or events of the groups it's supports, including but not limited to explosives (including fireworks), guns, and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon.

    Attendees are further expected to comply with all provincial and local laws on this matter.

  9. 9. Contact info

  10. 10. License and Attribution

    This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

    Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy

    Retrieved on November 22, 2016 from