Code of Conduct

The Event Handler community is filled with amazing, clever and creative people, and I'm excited for you to join us. Our goal is to create spaces where people can gather and discuss the discipline of organizing and delivering developer events.

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Being a Good Community Member

Yes, there are things I don’t want you to do in our community — and I'll get to those. But first I'd like to talk about things I do want folks to do. These are ways you can be a positive member of the Event Handler community.

Please begin by thinking carefully about and agreeing with the following statements:

  • I will be welcoming to everyone at the table, and patient with newcomers
  • I will treat everyone with respect, because they deserve it
  • I will be mindful of the needs and boundaries of others

Here are a few other key things you can do to make the community great:

Be Humble

People come from all different places, and it’s best not to make assumptions about what they think or feel. Approach others with curiosity. We all have a lot to learn from each other.

Be Helpful When Asked

If someone asks for help, consider jumping in to point them in the right direction.

Encourage Others

There’s no one way to run an event, nor is every choice suitable for every audience. Instead of shooting down other people’s ideas, try to engage them in ways that create opportunities for learning and fun.

Code of Conduct Policy

I ask everyone who participates in our community upholds their ideals. By vowing to follow these guidelines, you will help create a welcoming and friendly community based on respect and trust.

I am committed to creating a harassment-free community. These rules will be strictly enforced in our Discord server and any other spaces Event Handler may occupy. Everyone who participates in these spaces is required to agree to this community code. I have zero-tolerance for harassment, and anybody who engages in the following behaviors may be banned without warning. I also ask and expect community members to observe these rules anywhere the community is meeting (for example, online chats in unofficial platforms or any in-person events that may occur).

Be Respectful

Don’t make offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, immigration status, religion, or other identity markers.

Additionally, don’t insult or demean others. This includes making unwelcome comments about a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including things related to diet, health, parenting, drugs, or employment. It’s not okay to insult or demean others if it’s “just a joke”.

Be Welcoming and Open

Don’t engage in gatekeeping behaviors, like questioning the intelligence or knowledge of others as a way to prove their credentials. And don’t exclude people for prejudicial reasons.

Respect Privacy

Do not publish private communications without consent. Additionally, never “out” private aspects of a person’s personal identity without consent, except as necessary to protect them from intentional abuse.

Respect Personal Identity

Use people’s correct pronouns. Do not deliberately misgender others or use “dead” or rejected names. Additionally, I ask that you approach matters of personal identity with joy: please be proactive in asking how others prefer to be identified if you are unsure, and accept their identity with enthusiasm.

Respect Personal Boundaries

Do not introduce gratuitous or off-topic sexual images, languages, or behavior in spaces where they are not appropriate. Never make physical contact or simulated physical contact without consent or after a request to stop. Additionally, do not continue to message others about anything if they ask you to stop or leave them alone.

Be a Good Neighbor

Do not make threats of violence, intimidate others, incite violence or intimidation against others, incite self-harm, stalk, follow, or otherwise harass others.

Discord Server Rules

Don't spam

Don't spam. I'll ban you.

If it’s illegal, it’s not allowed on our websites or in our online spaces. Please don’t share links to pirated material or other nefarious things.

No Trolling

Please be earnest. Don’t use excessive sarcasm to annoy or undermine other people. And don’t bait them with bad faith comments or abuse.

No Pornography or Other NSFW Content

Please don’t post it or link to it. I'm not against it, but it doesn’t belong in our online spaces. The one exception is if you are running a developer event related to sex tech, in which case I still ask that you're mindful of what you post.

No Foul and Graphic Language

Please do not use excessive curse words. Additionally, do not use graphic sexual or violent language — again, think of our spaces as places for people of all ages.

No Seeking Sponsorship

There is a whole channel related to sharing your own projects, but please do not use our server to seek sponsors or partners for your events and initiatives. Please don't reach out to members privately to ask, either.

Consultancy Call Policy

Small Questions Only

It's intended that these 15 minute consultancy calls are for small questions that can be wrapped up within the call length, and if more time is needed we may discuss it as a larger piece of work outside of the scope of your Event Handler membership.

Cancellation & No-Show Policy

Please try to not cancel with less than 48 hours from our scheduled call. If you do not show up within the first 5 minutes of our call I will leave and may not allow you to rebook. If you do not show twice this membership perk will no longer be available to you.

Reporting & Enforcement

If you are being harassed by a member of the Event Handler community, or if you observe someone else being harassed, please report the behaviour using our Code of Conduct Report Form.

I will use the Contributor Covenant enforcement policy and that's what I've used in the past. This allows me to me more swift and effetive in responding to incidents. If you want to ask questions about this please feel free to reach out.


This code of conduct is hugely inspired by Quest, who in turn provides credit to Scripto, the #botALLY Code of Conduct, the LGBTQ in Tech code of Conduct, and the XOXO Code of Conduct.