Effective: May 3, 2021
The Code of Conduct aims to set a foundation for Techqueria as a safe place for the members of our diverse community and allies. We believe in respect, compassion, understanding, and inclusion and expect all community members to uphold those values.
All members and allies of Techqueria are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, both online and during in-person events that are hosted and/or associated with Techqueria.
In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we pledge to make participation in our community an inclusive experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation. This includes:
- Using welcoming and inclusive language in all interactions
- Being respectful of views and experiences that differ from our own
- Giving others actionable and constructive feedback when asked
- Referring to people by their preferred pronouns and otherwise using gender-neutral pronouns
- Assuming the best intentions of others and approaching each other with humility
We encourage members of the Techqueria community to try exercising de-escalation and good faith conflict resolution before reporting a fellow community member for a potential violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Assume best intentions
- This is the best first step and will go a long way in helping de-escalate conflict. Assume the person you’re talking to is coming from a good place.
- Seek to Understand
- After assuming that the person is able to engage in good faith, reach out. If it’s difficult to take this step, consider asking a common contact to set up this initial conversation in a neutral manner.
- Listen to your fellow community members. Sometimes you’re both saying the same thing in a different way. Even when you’re on two sides of an issue listening is helpful to understand where they’re coming from. Ask questions of each other and look for common ground.
- Be open to dialogue
- We don’t always have to agree, but the most important thing is that everyone feels heard.
Our Community Guidelines
In order to foster engagement and support for the Techqueria community, Techqueria facilitates events and digital platforms for members to engage and communicate with each other. The health & Safety of these fora rely on positive engagement among members with the understanding that certain negative behavior by members may come at the detriment of others’ wellbeing and the integrity and usefulness of our fora. Those violative behaviors and the enforcement of the conduct guidelines are described below.
The lists of examples provided below are illustrative, not exhaustive.
Techqueria isn’t a place to insult, hurt, or antagonize individuals or groups. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Targeted profanity
- Rude gestures (including those represented through emoji or other digital media)
- Intentional shaming body or romantic/sexual history
The general or casual use of non-targeted profanity in conversation does not constitute harassment. Though Techqueria community members should respect those who express discomfort with use of such language, especially in excess.
Techqueria isn’t a place for intentionally divisive or antagonistic behavior. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Non-consensual communication
- Repetitive behavior meant to annoy or harass
- Aggressive or repetitive criticism of personal or political beliefs, meant to provoke, offend, or divide
- Dismissing or attacking reasonable requests for behavior changes
- Attempting to suppress or exclude the participation of someone in a community forum
Media Generation, Usage & Sharing
Media formats include images, video, or audio. Techqueria is not a place to distribute media that is irrelevant, inappropriate, disrespectful, or otherwise inflammatory. As outlined in the Zero Tolerance Behaviors section below, distribution of explicit imagery is prohibited.
In addition, to these issues covered in other Code of Conduct categories, this section further prohibits:
- Media that has been technically manipulated, photoshopped or doctored in a way that poses a risk to the safety or reputation of others or Techqueria.
- The redistribution of others’ intellectual property without their consent, whether in another Techqueria forum or external use.
- The redistribution of a community member’s external private social media content in a Techqueria forum without their explicit consent.
Note that conversations that occur in Techqueria forums (virtual or in-person) should not be assumed private unless explicitly stated; therefore consider how your engagement with others would be perceived if it were to be seen, potentially out of context.
Techqueria isn’t a place for hate speech, in particular against protected characteristics such as age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability or appearance, mental ability or neurotypicality, race, nationality, immigration status, veteran status or religion. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Harmful stereotypes,
- Intentional misgendering,
- Dehumanizing language,
- Promoting, praising, or encouraging harm of any group above
We don’t allow content that reveals personal or sensitive information. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Government ID information
- Private contact information or addresses
- Digital access credentials (usernames and passwords)
- Sensitive & protected personal information (financial, medical, etc.)
Techqueria isn’t a place to impersonate or misrepresent people or entities. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Using a name or likeness that is not your own
- Impersonating a brand or person
- Misrepresenting your affiliation with a group, organization, or entity
- Misrepresenting your position in Techqueria externally or to other members of the Techqueria community
- Making verbal or written statements on behalf of Techqueria Leadership
Members may reference Techqueria’s brand when creating informal forums or groups for the Techqueria community online or in-person but are obligated to make clear to participants that it is community-led and not an official experience organized by Techqueria leadership. Organizers of such informal but branded experiences are expected to uphold and enforce our Code of Conduct.
Zero Tolerance Behaviors
There are a limited number of behaviors that if found will be grounds for an immediate ban from engagement with the community. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to engage in self-harm
- Doxxing individuals
- Releasing their personal information or images without explicit permission
- The usage of sexualized language/imagery (including the creation of synthetic media) towards or about another community member
- Non-consensual physical contact
- Implicating the organization or its members in the violation of the law
Being an inclusive community means allowing people to respectfully express their point of view, even when we do not agree. We also understand that our broader community is made up of people from many countries, diverse backgrounds, and experiences so there may be moments that we misunderstand each other or our motives are unclear. Our approach to enforcing the Community Guidelines centers on three main considerations:
Trust & Safety Board
The Trust & Safety Board (“T&S Board”) is composed of individuals that have taken up the cause of investigating claimed violations of the Community Guidelines. The T&S Board investigates allegations by:
- Reviewing the CoC complaint submitted through the website
- Reviewing submitted evidence connected to the complaint (e.g., chat logs, screenshots, interviews, etc.)
- Determining if a violation has been committed
The T&S Board investigates specifically alleged violations and does not take into consideration the individuals involved. The team reviews alleged violations and makes a determination based on the evidence available. The team may seek additional information to either (1) enhance situational context and/or (2) understand a party’s intent.
The Trust & Safety Board will also maintain appropriate records related to complaints and outcomes.
- A member reports another member’s Code of Conduct violation to the Trust & Safety online form.
- The Trust & Safety Board members acknowledge the report and notify all parties involved that an investigation has begun.
- The Trust & Safety Board reviews evidence and engages parties as needed.
- The Trust & Safety Board decides to affirm or deny that a violation has been committed, and what if any action should be taken.
- The Trust & Safety Board alerts parties involved of the finding and next steps for resolution.
The outcomes of an investigation are recorded and associated with an individual for the duration of their membership in Techqueria. Enforcement actions accumulate with the following penalties for multiple violations by an individual:
- First Written Warning
- Second Written Warning
- Three-month Suspension
- One-year Suspension
- Permanent Suspension
Suspensions apply to attending community events, engaging in community platforms and fora, and accessing community resources.
Investigations shall be acknowledged by the Trust & Safety Board within 5 business days of a report, and reviewed and enforced by the Trust & Safety Board within 10 business days of acknowledgement.
If an investigation is expected to take more than 10 business days, the Trust & Safety Board will provide written notice to involved parties.
Any harmful conduct between the involved parties during the investigation period may initiate a new case whose outcome will accumulate to a violator’s existing penalties.
Written notice of Trust & Safety decisions to the involved parties will contain the following information:
- The original complaint
- All evidence considered (e.g., screenshots, chat logs, etc.)
- Any statements made by the involved parties
- A written explanation of the finding of fact, and the reason for the outcome
- Applicable penalties or resolution paths
All investigations and outcomes are presumed private & confidential. Findings and outcomes shall only be released to the party who filed the complaint and the party against whom the accusation was made. If any information is released by either party regarding the outcome of their investigation the Trust & Safety Board shall publicly release any related documents at their discretion, by simple majority vote.
Each decision of the Trust & Safety Board shall be subject to the decision review rules no more than 30 days after an official finding has been entered.
Decision review shall be granted for any of the following reasons:
- New facts to be considered
- At the request of the full Board of Directors, by unanimous vote
Trust & Safety Board decisions shall be reversed if new facts presented create a new understanding of the situation that lead to a different decision.
Members shall request appeals through the website within 30 days of the written notice for the case’s original decision. All appeals must be in writing and must include any supplemental documentation at the time the appeal is submitted.
The Trust & Safety Board shall decide whether to grant or reject an appeal request within 5 business days of acknowledgement. If granted, the Trust & Safety Board shall notify the parties involved as well as the Board of Directors in writing and review the decision within 10 business days. If rejected, the Trust & Safety Board shall notify the parties involved and the Board of Directors that the request has been rejected.
Once a decision review is complete, written notice shall be given the parties involved in the original complaint with regard to the appeal outcome with a copy sent to the Board of Directors.
Questions, comments or concerns?
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trust & Safety Board is responsible for making updates to the Code of Conduct and can do so through a majority vote at a team meeting. Those changes are recorded below:
|May 3, 2021||Code of Conduct & Community Guidelines updated to include examples of violative behavior, enumerate enforcement actions for repeat violations, describe the role and operation of the Trust & Safety Board, and provide guidance for appeals and conflict resolution.|
|February 2, 2022||Community Guidelines have been updated with a new section regarding “Media Generation, Usage & Sharing.” In addition, violation categories have been reworded for clarity, given more illustrative examples, and given explanations about what actions do not constitute a conduct violation.|