PyBay is one of many SFPython community events intended for developers interested in Python and related technologies to learn, share, network, collaborate, and have fun. 

We value the participation of all and want everyone to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, we ask all attendees to contribute positively and show respect and courtesy to others throughout, whether the event happens online or in-person.

All attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, and volunteers are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. 

Organizers will enforce this code throughout the events and associated communication mediums including but not limited to chats, tweets, and mailing list.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please act to intercede or ask for help. Please call or SMS (415) 877-9229 to reach COC staff. This rings staff phones and alerts the CoC Slack channel. You can also email staff personnel - Grace Law (grace@pybay.com) or Yarko Tymciurak (yarkot1@gmail.com).

Code of Conduct

SFPython and PyBay is dedicated to providing a positive and harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, or level of experience. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form, nor do we tolerate any behavior that would reasonably lead to another event participant being made to feel unsafe, insecure, or frightened for their physical or emotional well-being. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.

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

  • Contributing back to the Python and open source communities 
  • Generously sharing what you know
  • Mentoring others when the opportunity arises
  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Extending respect, courtesy, and compassion to others, especially when opinions differ
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for everyone at the event
  • Unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, or inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention, or advances
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, personal or political attacks
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or harassing photography or recording
  • Making statements or jokes that are deemed demeaning, disrespectful, or harassing
  • Sustained disruption of online discussions/presentations or other in-person events
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Pushing a person to drink alcohol when they don’t want to drink, or deceiving someone into drinking alcohol
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • Advocating for, threatening to, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

  • In short: Contribute positively. Share your knowledge. Help others out. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

    Thank you for helping make your events a welcoming, friendly environment for all.

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    What can happen if the CoC is violated?

    In case of a Code of Conduct violation, some of the most common actions organisers may take are:

  • No action (if the team determines no violation occurred).
  • A private or public reprimand.
  • Requiring that a public apology is made.
  • Requiring that a participant stops their behaviour.
  • Requiring that a participant prevents further contact with certain other participants.
  • Removing a chat, tweet, or post.
  • Not publishing the video of a conference talk.
  • Cancelling a conference talk.
  • Removing a participant from the conference, meetup or online space, without refund.

  • The action taken is at the discretion of the Code of Conduct team. Participants are expected to comply immediately, and further action may be taken in case a participant does not comply. A record will be kept of all incidents.

    What to do in case of violations?

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please act to intercede or ask for help. 

    For online events, please call or SMS (415) 877-9229 to reach COC staff. This rings staff phones and alerts the CoC Slack channel. You can also email staff personnel - Grace Law (grace@pybay.com) or Yarko Tymciurak (yarkot1@gmail.com). 

    For in-person events, you can also report the incident to organizers, event crew (wearing PyBay CREW T-shirt), or security officers at our events. 

    If your report concerns a member of the Code of Conduct team of a conference, you can report the issue to any other team response member or any other organiser. 

    If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please notify security officers or appropriate law enforcement first when possible. If you are unsure which law enforcement agency is appropriate, please include this in your report and we will attempt to notify them.

    Guidelines for reporting incidents

    Please do not feel like you may be a burden to us by reporting incidents. Even if you happen to report multiple incidents. We rather consider reports an opportunity for us to act: by knowing about an incident, we can act on it, and often prevent it from continuing or repeating. But if we don’t know, we can’t take action.

    If you are not sure whether the situation was a Code of Conduct violation, or whether the CoC applied to that particular space, we encourage you to still report it. We would much rather have additional reports where we decide to take no action, rather than miss a report of an actual violation. We do not look negatively on you if we find the incident is not a violation. And knowing about incidents that are not violations, or happen outside our spaces, can also help us to improve the Code of Conduct or the processes surrounding it.

    In your report please include, when possible:

  • Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you)
  • Names or descriptions of anyone who was involved or who witnessed the incident.
  • When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.
  • Your account of what occurred. If there is a written record (e.g. tweets or slack messages) please include screenshots, or otherwise a link.
  • Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.
  • If you believe this incident is ongoing.
  • Any other information you believe we should have.

  • If you don't have all of this information at the time, please still make the report and include as much information as you have.

    If you feel unsafe reporting in person, you may choose someone to represent you. In this case, we’d need their contact information, but we’d ask you to make clear that this person represents you.

    When handling a report, we follow Code of Conduct Response Guide.

    All reports will be kept confidential. In some cases a public statement might be required (for example in a CoC transparency report following conferences), but these reports are anonymized and do not include any personally identifying information.

    Other assistance for in-person conference

    Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. However, we will not contact security or law enforcement without your consent, except if the safety risk is so significant that there is no other reasonable option.

    Credit

    Portions of this Code of Conduct are based on:

  • Example anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, under a Creative Commons Zero license.
  • Writethedoc’s Code of Conduct