We’ve grown quite a bit since our modest beginnings as a monthly social gathering. Our group follows the Five Good Faith Rules of the WordPress meetup chapter program:
Community first. WordPress Meetups are for the benefit of the WordPress community as a whole, not specific businesses or individuals. All actions taken as an event organizer are with the best interest of the community in mind.
Accessible to all. Membership in the local Meetup group is open to all who wish to join, regardless of ability, skill, financial status, or any other criteria.
Volunteer-driven. Meetups are volunteer-run with volunteer speakers. In cases where a modest attendance fee might be necessary, this fee should only cover the costs of the Meetup and shouldn’t be used to pay speakers or organizers.
Open organization. Meetup groups allow events to be organized by any reliable/trusted member of the community. Experienced group organizers are available if you have questions, need advice, or would like help organizing a meetup around an idea you have.
No jerks. Meetups are welcoming places where everyone works to foster an accepting environment which is free of discrimination, incitement to violence, promotion of hate, and general jerk-like behavior.
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.
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.
- 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 WPToronto and make it your own.
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.
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.
Use this form to get in touch with WPToronto lead organizers. 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.