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A Code of Conduct for the Content+UX Slack Group

Code of Conduct

The Content + UX 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 Content + UX Slack Group. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the Content + UX Slack Group at the discretion of the ADMIN TEAM.

Content + UX 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.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, 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 Content + UX 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 Content + UX 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 Content + UX Slack Group, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Content + UX Slack Group outside the Slack group itself, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Content + UX 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 Content + UX Slack Group based on their past behavior, including behavior outside the Content + UX Slack Group and behavior towards people who are not in the Content + UX 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 Content + UX Slack Group members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Spam

The Content + UX 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.

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any behavior violating this code of conduct are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in any such behavior, the ADMIN TEAM may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the Content + UX Slack Group. In some cases, the participant may also be identified as a harasser to other Content + UX Slack Group members or the general public.

ADMIN TEAM

The ADMIN TEAM consists of:

  • Alaine Mackenzie
  • Michael Metts
  • Pamela Drouin

Attribution

This code of conduct is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

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