Code of Conduct

All participants of The Software Niagara Community are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, both online and during in-person events that are hosted and/or associated with Software Niagara.

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as organizers of Software Niagara pledge to make participation in our organization and our community a harassment-free 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.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Referring to people by their preferred pronouns and using gender-neutral pronouns when uncertain
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
  • Dismissing or attacking inclusion-oriented requests

We pledge to prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as 'leave me alone,' 'go away,' or 'I’m not discussing this with you.'
  • Someone’s refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts
  • Criticisms of racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Enforcement

Violations of the Code of Conduct may be reported by contacting the team via the abuse report form or by sending an email to info@softwareniagara.com. All reports will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Organizers have the right and responsibility to remove comments or other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any members for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Attribution

This Code of Conduct is adapted from: