Group Guidelines & Code of Conduct

We’ve grown quite a bit since our modest beginnings as a monthly social gathering. These new guidelines will help us adapt to the increasing diversity of our meetup group:

Community first. Our meetups are for the benefit of the WordPress community as a whole, not specific businesses or individuals. All actions taken by event organizers and hosts are with the best interest of the community in mind.

Accessible to all. Membership in our group is open to all who wish to join, regardless of ability, skill, financial status, or any other criteria.

Volunteer-driven. Our organizers, hosts, and speakers are all volunteers. If a modest attendance fee is necessary, it’s only to cover costs of the meetup. It’s not used to pay speakers or organizers.

No jerks. Meetups are welcoming, accepting places where everyone works together to create an environment that is free of discrimination, violence, hate, and other jerk-ish behaviour.

Open submissions. Meetups can be organized by any reliable and trusted member of the community. Anyone can suggest a meetup. The meetup becomes official when it’s approved by a group organizer or three people RSVP.

Experienced organizers at your disposal. Group organizers are available if you have questions, need advice, or would like help organizing a meetup idea you have. We’ll also continue to plan and host regular meetups, as we have for the last five years.

These policies will be reviewed and updated from time to time.

Code of Conduct

The following Code of Conduct is derived from the standard WordCamp Code of Conduct template, modified to fit the WPToronto group.

Purpose

WPToronto believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create WordCamp CITYNAMEHERE and make it your own.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of WPToronto meetups and related events, including event hosts and organizers. All WPToronto venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences Of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of WPToronto venues.

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

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, WPToronto organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the group.

What To Do If You Witness Or Are Subject To Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the WPToronto organizing team as soon as possible. You can use the anonymous form at the bottom of this page.

Scope

We expect all participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all meetup venues and WPToronto-related social events.

License And Attribution

This Code of Conduct is a direct swipe from the awesome work of Open Source Bridge, but with our event information substituted. The original is available at http://opensourcebridge.org/about/code-of-conduct/ and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Report Abuse

Use this form to get in touch with the WPToronto organizing team. Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of WPToronto meetups and related events, including event hosts and organizers.

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