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A Code of Conduct for the Ethical Content Slack Group

Code of Conduct

Our mission is to foster connections among content professionals who are interested in creating more ethical and inclusive user experiences together. Sharing of content and personal projects related to our mission is acceptable and encouraged.

The Ethical Content Slack group is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to every member of the Ethical Content Slack group. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the Ethical Content Slack group at the discretion of the admin team.

Ethical Content Slack group members are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of "dead" or rejected names.
  • Making light of/making mocking comments about trigger warnings and content warnings.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "hug" or "backrub") without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • 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.
  • 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 vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

The Ethical Content Slack group prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The admin team will not act on complaints regarding:

  • "Reverse" -isms, including "reverse racism", "reverse sexism", and "cisphobia".
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as "leave me alone", "go away", or "I’m not discussing this with you".
  • Communicating in a "tone" you don’t find congenial.
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions.

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the Ethical Content Slack group, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any member of the admin team through a direct Slack message. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to the Ethical Content Slack group, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Ethical Content Slack group outside the Slack group itself, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Ethical Content Slack group members, especially the admin team, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from Ethical Content Slack group based on their past behavior, including behavior outside the Ethical Content Slack group and behavior towards people who are not in the Ethical Content Slack group.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of the Ethical Content Slack group members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Spam

The Ethical Content Slack group is place for industry practitioners to discuss their work, share resources, and help others grow professionally.

What's permitted

We welcome members of this group to share blog posts, conferences, and other resources that may help someone doing this work or to gain support and visibility for such resources that may help others doing the work. However, make sure the things you're promoting are valuable and relevant to the community.

Example: You're teaching a workshop and you think members of the group would be interested in attending, so you post about it, explaining its direct application to content and UX practitioners if those details aren't immediately apparent.

What's not permitted

Please refrain from posting repeatedly or without context links to pitches, events, products, or services, or any such resources that are not specifically on topic for this community. Refrain from approaching other members directly with sales pitches.

Example: You submitted a pitch to a UX conference and want members to vote for it, so you post the link daily as the voting deadline draws near.

Example: You founded a startup that sells consumer electronics at a discount and you're asking members of this group to try it out.

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop or correct any behavior violating this code of conduct are expected to cooperate immediately, whether asked by a member of the admin team or another member of the Slack.

In the event this doesn't occur, the admin team will approach conflicts within the following template:

  1. Repeat the request to stop.
  2. If the person doubles down, they will be given an official warning.
  3. If the behavior continues or is repeated later, the person will be deactivated for 24 hours.
  4. If the behavior continues or is repeated after the temporary deactivation, a long-term (6-12mo.) deactivation will be used.

On top of this, the admin team may remove any offending messages, images, contributions, etc., as they deem necessary.

The admin team reserves full rights to skip any of these steps, at their discretion, if the violation is considered to be a serious and/or immediate threat to the health and well-being of members of the community. These include any threats, serious physical or verbal attacks, and other such behavior that would be completely unacceptable in any social setting that puts our members at risk. In some cases, the participant may also be identified as a harasser to other Ethical Content Slack group members or the general public.

The admin team will prioritize the well-being and comfort of the recipients of the violation over the comfort of the violator.

That said, we understand that the amygdala makes conflict resolution hard, and will approach conflicts with the initial assumption that all parties intend well, and will favor education over escalation whenever possible.

Admin team

The admin team consists of:

  • Ada Powers
  • Allison Wolcott

Attribution

This code of conduct is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community, as well as the WeAllJS Code of Conduct.

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