Some notes on codes of conduct from a conference organizer's perspective
- The customers of a Code of Conduct are the people whom it is protecting. For tech conferences, that means marginalized people.
- The Code of Conduct is a promise to its customers from the conference organizers that they will be in a safe space, and that they will be protected and given the benefit of the doubt in the event of something bad happening.
- Thus the wording of a code of conduct should be decided by its customers. The Geek Feminism wiki hosts an example code of conduct: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Anti-harassment_policy_resources
- The legal basis of a code of conduct is my right, as an event organizer, to kick anybody out of my private event for any reason, even if they have paid. This happens all the time, often with the most flimsy excuses: http://www.hannahettinger.com/guest-post-by-clare/
If you, as a non-customer of the CoC, are not