Code of conduct

This code of conduct applies to every member of the Piccalilli community on all properties, including this website and community forum. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from all Piccalilli properties.

Harassment permalink

  • 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 behaviour.
  • 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 Piccalilli community prioritises marginalised people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. I 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.
  • Criticising racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions.

Reporting permalink

If you are being harassed by a member of the Piccalilli community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can contact me, Andy Bell (admin) at the following places and I will do everything I can to resolve the situation promptly:

This code of conduct applies to the Piccalilli community, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Piccalilli community outside the Piccalilli properties, I still want to know about it. I will take all good-faith reports of harassment by the Piccalilli community members seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. I reserve the right to exclude people from the Piccalilli community based on their past behaviour, including behaviour outside the Piccalilli community and behaviour towards people who are not in the Piccalilli community.

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

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

Spam permalink

The Piccalilli community is place for learning and community building.

What's Permitted

I 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 Piccalilli community members 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 developer conference and want members to vote for it, so you post the link daily as the voting deadline draws near.

Enforcement permalink

Participants asked to stop or correct any behaviour violating this code of conduct are expected to cooperate immediately, whether asked by me or another member of the group.

In the event this doesn’t occur, I 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 behaviour continues or is repeated later, the person will be deactivated for 24 hours.
  4. If the behaviour continues or is repeated after the temporary deactivation, a long-term (6-12mo.) deactivation will be used.

On top of this, I may remove any offending messages, images, contributions, etc., as I deem necessary.

I reserve full rights to skip any of these steps, at my 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 behaviour 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 Piccalilli community members or the general public.

I will prioritise the well-being and comfort of the recipients of the violation over the comfort of the violator.

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

Attribution permalink

This is based on Ethical Content Slack's code of conduct. That, in turn, was based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community, as well as the WeAllJS Code of Conduct.