&yet Community Code of Conduct

&yet is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and harassment-free experience for everyone.

We strive to create a community grounded in equality, respect, and mutual support, and we do not tolerate harassment of our community members in any form.

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that each member of this community feels welcomed and respected. Harassment, discrimination, violence and bigotry create feelings of fear, uneasiness, humiliation and discomfort. Even if our actions are not intentionally hurtful, what we say and do can hurt others or make them feel uncomfortable.

This code of conduct applies to all &yet spaces, including our Mightybell community and in any communication with &yet community members, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces without a refund at the discretion of the &yet community moderators.

Expected Behavior:

  • Treat everyone with respect and consideration. Be respectful and mindful in your critique of ideas and opinions. Cut one another some slack. Not everyone comes from the same shared knowledge base or social framework.
  • Look for opportunities to learn from, uplift and affirm each other. Ask questions and share insights with an open heart.
  • Make space for others in your conversations. If you notice people dominating a discussion, ask for feedback from quieter members.
  • Consider the difference between intent and impact. If someone tells you that the impact of your behavior has been hurtful, take responsibility for that impact, even if your intentions were positive.
  • Be an ally to your fellow community members, and alert &yet community moderators if you notice someone being harassed or otherwise treated disrespectfully.

What is harassment?

Even if our actions are not intentionally hurtful, what we say and do can hurt others or make them feel uncomfortable. Here are some examples of harassing behaviors:

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg. textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Continued one-on-one communication after a request to stop.
  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Threats of violence, or incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Any verbal, written, or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce another community member.

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the &yet community moderators at community@andyet.com.

Reports will be handled by &yet community moderators. If the person who is harassing you is a moderator, they will excuse themselves from handling your incident. In this situation, you may also reach out to an individual moderator instead of submitting a report on the form, or have a friend submit your report. Otherwise, please do not reach out to private email addresses or social media accounts for reporting harassment.

We will respond as promptly as we can.

Reporting should not be done via social media or public discussion in the &yet space.

This code of conduct applies to &yet’s online space, but if you are being harassed by a member of the community outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by &yet community members, especially &yet community moderators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the &yet community based on their past behavior, including behavior outside &yet spaces and behavior towards people who are not in the &yet community.

We reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

Confidentiality

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of &yet community members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, &yet community moderators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all &yet spaces with no refund, and identification of the participant as a harasser to other &yet community members or the general public.


Thank you Lauren Bacon for helping develop our Code of Conduct, and to Geek Feminism for their excellent open-source anti-harassment policy.