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Meedan is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and collaborative environment for all participants in events, regardless of their gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sexual characteristics, physical appearance, disability, or age. We encourage every participant to be themselves, and must respect the rights of others. The code of conduct is a set of guidelines that establishes shared values and ensures that behaviors that may harm participants are avoided.

The values of the Meedan community are focused on developing both our individual and collective potential, supporting and empowering the most marginalized, mutual respect, and an anti-violence approach that favors support and collaboration among participants and the resolution of conflicts.

A code of conduct helps us co-exist in a more positive way, and provides individuals who are victims of negative behaviors with confidence that they will be supported by the organization and Meedan community, who respects and stands behind the code of conduct.

Meedan works towards providing a welcoming environment where participants are treated with dignity and respect and are free to be themselves. We encourage all participants to approach the event with an open and positive attitude, engaging constructively with others at all times.

Code of Conduct

By attending a Meedan event or participating in Meedan forums, we all agree to the following code of conduct

Respect for Diversity & Inclusion

We avoid comments, actions or propaganda that encourages discrimination related to gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sexual characteristics, physical appearance, disability, or age.

Respect Freedom of Expression

We support an individual’s freedom of expression, and will not make fun of accents or make unsolicited grammatical corrections. We will strive to better understand each other by not assuming experiences or beliefs, clarifying meanings, and making an effort to speak clearly, avoiding jargon and acronyms.

Commitment to Non-Violence

We will not engage in any type of violence or aggression, including verbal threats or complaints, intimidation, stalking or harassment, whether physically or psychologically.

Be mindful of people who have experienced trauma. Let someone leave a conversation that makes them uncomfortable, and do not follow people who asked to be left alone. If you discuss difficult topics that may be traumatic for participants, provide warnings so people may leave a conversation or plan coping strategies. For content warnings:

Use CW (content warning) at the beginning of your post or message, with a short description of the traumatic content. For example:

  • CW (content warning) for gender-based violence
  • CW (content warning) description of racist incident
  • CW (content warning) anxiety
  • CW (content warning) medical procedure

On Slack, write the content warning, then reply to your own message with the potentially traumatic content to create a thread.

For text-only messaging, provide the content warning and add several new lines before the potentially traumatizing content.

There are topics you may not realize need a content warning. If you are asked to provide a content warning and have questions, contact us for explanations instead of asking the traumatized person to teach you. Your moderation team is happy to provide guidance!

Rejection of Sexual Harassment

We understand sexual harassment as unwanted physical contact or insinuation of a sexual nature, as well as displaying images, drawings or visual representations of any kind that objectify members of any gender or reinforce oppression. The only exception is if this is part of a session, workshop and/or educational experience where showing these images is educational in nature.

Respect for Privacy

We safeguard the privacy of the participants, and agree to follow Meedan’s privacy policy. This includes refraining from tweeting, posting, or publishing information about attendees (including names and affiliation) unless given clear permission, and avoid any type of unauthorized video, audio recording, or photography.

Facilitate Participation & Collaboration

We work to create an environment that facilitates participation for all participants, and that session presenters are given respect. We will not engage in sustained disruption of sessions or events, interrupt conversations in a way that negatively impacts collaboration, or engage in toxic behaviors to attract negative attention to an attendee.

We Care about the Integrity and Health of the Community

We value the health of the community and will not engage in behavior that can negatively impact it. This includes contaminating food or drink with drugs, or inciting or insisting on the consumption of alcohol, psychoactive substances, etc.

Support Positive Interactions Among Participants

We are committed to engaging constructively with others at all times. We will not tolerate bullying, including requesting or mobilizing others, either in person or online, to bully others.

We recognize that disagreements, especially about technology, are a necessary part of the software development process. However, argument cultures can be counterproductive. When disagreeing with someone:

  1. Address the idea, not the person. People of all experience levels make errors. People of all experience levels can learn more about the people our technology helps.
  2. People choose different technology stacks and operating systems to meet their unique needs. The use of one type of device does not render someone’s opinion more or less valid.
  3. We are committed to help people learn, and to learn from them. We do not require that all participants act as mentors. If an opportunity for mentorship emerges, and you prefer not to be a mentor, we will find a match in the community.
  4. If you need help with the discussion, please get in touch with the code of conduct team, and we will be happy to moderate.

Overseeing the COC

The Meedan team will be overseeing the Code of Conduct, including addressing all incident reports. Breaking the code of conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the event or forum.

How to Report an Incident

If you witness an incident or are the victim of one, there are several ways to report it to the Meedan team.

  1. During conferences, we will provide email addresses and phone numbers to attendees. This information will be provided during registration and on site. The response team will be introduced during opening remarks and you can ask at the registration point for a member of the response team to meet you.
  2. You can email them at codeofconduct@meedan.com
  3. You can contact the Meedan team directly immediately on our forums. The username of the person responsible for the Code of Conduct will be listed in the copy of the Code of Conduct on the forum documentation, README files, and pinned posts.

We use encrypted email and messengers, so if you’re more comfortable with another messenger app, let your moderators know. All reports are kept confidential. We will not reveal your name or other information without your consent.