Code of Conduct
CON.TXT is dedicated to being a safer, welcoming, and enjoyable space for all attendees. We count on everyone to help create that space by respecting your fellow attendees' physical and social boundaries, accessibility needs, and identities.
We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form. Anyone violating these rules may be warned or removed from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention committee.
The Code of Conduct applies to everyone in CON.TXT spaces, including convention attendees, volunteers, staff, and vendors. While we do not monitor behavior outside convention spaces, repeated and/or egregious violations of the Code of Conduct that occur outside convention spaces may result in sanctions up to and including a permanent ban.
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct isn't an exhaustive list of behavior that is or is not allowed at CON.TXT. Instead, it is a guide to help us make the convention a safer and more welcoming space for everyone.
- Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. By registering for CON.TXT events, online or in-person, you affirm that you will be 18 years old on or before the day of the event.
- Treat others with respect. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing people by their provided names and pronouns and respecting any socialization preferences, boundaries, and triggers communicated to you.
- Be aware of how much conversational space you take up and allow room for others to speak. In panels, allow moderators to steer discussion.
- All con attendees must be immediately identifiable at all times. Your username across all virtual con spaces and platforms should include the name under which you registered. You may contact the convention committee prior to the start of the convention to change your registration name. Misrepresenting your identity is strictly prohibited.
- State your badge name before speaking in a discussion so that people are able to identify who is speaking.
- Don't share any attendee's comments from Zoom or Discord without their express permission. You may paraphrase discussions or share unattributed “overheard” comments, but do not connect someone’s written or spoken comments with their name or social media handle without permission. If permission is granted, attribute comments using the attendee's badge name only.
- Do not take any screenshots, photos, or videos at CON.TXT without explicit permission from everyone in those images or recordings. Attendees may not make any audio or video recordings during panels.
- Do not bring any unregistered guests into CON.TXT spaces.
The following behaviors are unacceptable in our community:
- Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language. Minor, unintentional microaggressions or mistakes are not Code of Conduct violations. However, repeating something after it has been pointed out to you or antagonizing or arguing with someone who has pointed out your error is a violation
- Posting or threatening to post someone's personally identifying information ("doxxing")
- Personal insults of any kind, but particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability
- Photographing, recording, taking screenshots, or copying text transcripts in con spaces without explicit permission from everyone in the space being recorded. This applies even if the convention is officially recording a panel or event. In addition, approved convention recordings may not be reposted anywhere or shared with non-attendees
- Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone's consent before touching them
- Unwelcome sexual attention (this includes sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcome sexual advances)
- Deliberate intimidation or stalking (online or in person)
- Sustained disruption of CON.TXT events, including panels and vid shows
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
Anyone asked to stop behavior that violates the Code of Conduct is expected to do so immediately.
The safety team will take action depending on the severity of the incident, the individual's prior history both inside and outside con spaces, and other relevant factors. Actions taken may include warnings and temporary or permanent bans from con participation.
When immediate action is required, any con committee member may remove posting access from the person in question and/or eject the person from con spaces based on their assessment of the incident. In these cases the Safety team will follow up afterwards with a decision on whether to reinstate the individual's access and/or issue sanctions.
Please note that CON.TXT is a private event, and we reserve the right to refuse admission to any attendee at any time for any reason, with no refund of registration fees. Conduct outside CON.TXT or CON.TXT-affiliated spaces that violates the Code of Conduct may result in a preemptive ban.
Reporting Code of Conduct Violations
The concom will take all reports seriously. You do not have to be a current or past CON.TXT attendee to make a report.
Reports must be made in good faith. Any bad faith reports made with intent to use the code of conduct to harass, silence, or otherwise harm individuals will be treated as code of conduct violations.
Where and how to report
If you experience or witness behavior counter to the Code of Conduct, or any other concerning behavior or activities, please contact the Safety team at email@example.com or by filling out our anonymous reporting form. During the con, members of the Safety team can also be contacted on Discord by posting to the #safety channel.
In your report, please include:
- Your name and contact information (optional). This allows us to follow up with you so we can better understand the situation. However, it's not required. You can report anonymously with the form linked above. Please know that we might not be able to take any action without being able to ask questions.
- A detailed description of what happened, including:
- Where and when the incident occured.
- If the incident happened online, please link to or send us the relevant text or screenshots.
- If the incident happened in person, please describe what the other person said or did.
- Any other relevant context. Do you have examples of similar behavior from this person in the past? Do you have a relationship with this person outside of CON.TXT?
- If or how you’ve already responded. This lets us know the current state of the situation.
We will keep all reports confidential, unless we've discussed it with you and agreed otherwise. When we discuss incidents with people who have been reported, we will anonymize details as much as possible to protect the reporter's privacy.
However, some incidents happen in one-on-one interactions, and even if the details are anonymized, the reported person may be able to guess who made the report. If you have concerns about retaliation, or your personal safety, and do not want us to share the details of your report with anyone (including the reported person) please let us know explicitly in your report. Unfortunately, in that situation we will not be able to take any action beyond noting the incident in our records.
In some cases, we may decide to share an update about a major incident with people currently at CON.TXT or with the entire CON.TXT community. If that's the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.
This is a living document. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This document is based on a number of examples. It owes an incredible amount to the Fanworks' Code of Conduct, but also draws from the Geek Feminism Wiki, Recurse, Conference Code of Conduct, Citizen Code of Conduct and Readercon codes.