PressED Conference 2018 Code of Conduct
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants in the PressEd Conference 2018 community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behaviour. This code also applies to ongoing discussions following the conference which include the #PressEDConf18 or #PressED hashtag. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and ask that participants honour our code of conduct.
PressED is organised by a group of people involved in higher education in the UK with an interest in WordPress and education, pedagogy and research in higher education. We welcome participation from anyone who is interested in the use of WordPress in higher education and are very happy for those outside involved in other levels of education and training and the public to join our discussions.
You should be aware that all conference tweets and post-conference discussions on Twitter are public. Tweets tagged #pressedconf18 or #pressed will be archived by us and maybe re-published on the PressEd website or curated via Twitter moments etc. so that others who have missed the discussion or particular conference sessions can review the presentations and associated conversations.
Please be aware that as tweets are public it is possible that they may be used for research purposes without your individual consent. If those who are leading the conference plan to do any research on the chats then we will endeavour to make participants aware of the research protocol. It may be however, that others will access our archives or curate their own archives and use them for research purposes without making us aware. We would encourage any individual undertaking research on the community hashtag to alert us to their plans so that we can help support their work.
Please remember that if you are presenting your work as part of PressED 18 it is not acceptable to breach the confidentiality of students or colleagues, please make sure you have consent to share any identifiable data that is not in the public domain. The moderators will endeavour to ensure that this confidentiality is respected by contacting those who may be sharing information inappropriately if we are aware of breaches. We ask all participants to help others address this issue sensitively. However, you must be aware that archives will exist of deleted tweets and that it may not be possible to delete tweets from these. Even if deleted from an individual’s timeline or an archive, a tweet may still have been manually retweeted or captured as an image.
We hope that if mistakes are made by moderators or participants that we can approach these as a community who are learning together.
Our open PressED community strives to
- Be friendly and patient.
- Be welcoming: We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
- Be considerate: Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
- Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
- Be careful in the words that you choose: we are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Violent threats or language directed against another person.
- Discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
- Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
- Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
- Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
- When we disagree, try to understand why: Disagreements, both social, academic and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
This code is not exhaustive or complete. It serves to distill our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment, and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.
We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we may not be able to satisfy everyone, we all agree that everyone is equal. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.
Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.
If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via [do we need a dedicated email address?]. All reports will be handled with discretion. In your report please include:
- Your contact information.
- Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well. Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. Please include links or screenshots of any tweets.
- Any additional information that may be helpful.
After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. A representative will then review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If an individual engages in unacceptable behavior, the representative may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a permanent ban from our community without warning.
We appreciate their work and the other communities that have contributed to the development of codes of conduct for open online communities.