W3Conf Code of Conduct

W3Conf seeks to provide a welcoming, fun, safe, informative, respectful, and professional community and conference experience and ongoing community for everyone. We have never had any reported instances of harassment problems at W3Conf, and our aim with this code of conduct is to ensure that it lives up to our aspirations, and to reassure attendees that they can relax in a respectful environment.

W3Conf will not tolerate harassment in any form. Discriminatory language and imagery (including sexual) is not appropriate for W3Conf, including talks, vendor booths, or any community channel such as the chatroom or mailing list.

Harassment is understood as any behavior that threatens another person or group, or produces an unsafe environment. It includes offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religious beliefs, sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, physical or verbal aggression, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Conflict Resolution

  1. Initial Incident

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please inform the offender that they have affected you negatively. Sometimes, the offending behavior is unintentional, and the accidental offender and offended will resolve the incident by having that initial discussion.

  2. Escalation

    If the offender insists that they did not offend, or if the offender is actively harassing you, then you will need a third party to step in.

    If you are at a conference or other event, find the event organizer or staff person. For W3Conf 2013 SF, that would be Doug Schepers (@shepazu). If you can't find the event organizer, there will be other staff available to help if the situation calls for immediate action.

    If you are in the #w3conf IRC, please contact shepazu or leaverou.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the W3Conf event, or banning the offender from a chatroom or mailing list.

Specific sanctions may include but are not limited to:

W3Conf event organizers can be identified by their name badges, and will help participants contact venue or hotel security or local law enforcement, arrange escorts where possible, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. W3Conf IRC volunteers can be identified as listed below.

If an incident occurs, please use the following contact information:

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues, conference-related social events, community gatherings, and online communication channels.

We value your participation in the W3Conf community, and your continued spirit in keeping W3Conf a safe and friendly space for all participants!

Based on the policy from the Code4Lib Conference.