Fosdem:2017/Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct

Mozillian Community Event Safety Guidelines

The heart of Mozilla is people. This guideline is meant to support a happy, productive, and safe event experience that can welcome new ideas and inspiration for all attendees of Mozilla Devroom at FOSDEM 2017, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. These guidelines exist to ensure that diverse groups collaborate to mutual advantage and enjoyment. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardise the participation of any person in the project, and we outline in this document expected, as well as prohibited behavior.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our conference, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate at FOSDEM to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.


The following behaviors are expected and requested of all event participants, including attendees, speakers, and staff

Lead by example

Each individual attending this event does so on behalf of their community. This means being considerate of how your discussions, actions and decisions will represent your community.

Be respectful

Disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. We will exercise consideration and respect in our speech and actions, and consider collaboration before conflict. Ensure all voices are heard, not just the loudest.

Watch your language

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. This includes gestures and online discussions / back-channels (like Telegram).

Take responsibility for your words & actions

We can all make mistakes; when we do, we take responsibility for them. If someone has been harmed or offended, we listen carefully and respectfully, and work to right the wrong.

Look out for each other

Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert an event organizer / Open Innovation Team member if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Guideline. If something makes you feel concerned, or worried - even if you’re not sure it’s a violation, it’s better to reach out, than to ignore.

Be mindful of local laws, and protect each other from making public - personal information that may put people at risk of appearing to violate those laws.

Remember that event venues and hotels may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Expect and accommodate cultural and personal differences

Be mindful that for many, English is a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th language, and to show patience and respect while listening to and conveying ideas. Remember that we come from many cultures and backgrounds. What is friendly in one culture may not be in another. If you’re not sure what is appropriate, just ask.

Remember that due to personal, religious, or other reasons, not everyone in the group may drink alcohol or even eat certain types of food. Please respect people’s choices and preferences in this regard without question or criticism.

Ask for help

Everyone is encouraged to ask questions about this guideline, and the Mozilla Participation Guidelines generally.

Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable:

  • Violence and threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Derogatory comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, age, or socioeconomic status.
  • Sexual images or behavior.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of former names, or improper titles.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Physical contact without affirmative consent.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Sustained disruption of conference events, including talks and presentations.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any all hands participant, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If an event participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the event, as well as associated and future events without warning.

Reporting guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the Mozilla Devroom conduct team as soon as possible by emailing Francisco Picolini, or Ziggy Maes or contact them directly.

Additionally, event organizers are available to help any community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify the summit conduct team at comm-dev[at]mozilla[dot]com with a concise description of your grievance.


All Mozillians participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; contractors; and other guests) are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to the event business.

This Guideline and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of FOSDEM activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of Mozillians.

Contact info

  • Francisco Picolini: fpicolini[at]mozilla[dot]com
  • Community Development team: comm-dev[at]mozilla[dot]com
  • Ziggy Maes: maesziggy[at]gmail[dot]com
  • You can also email Diversity Lead, Larissa Shapiro directly: lshapiro[at]mozilla[dot]com.

License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (

It has been adapted with few modifications from Ubuntu Code of Conduct (, Mozilla’s View Source Conference (, which is based on Stumptown Syndicate’s Citizen Code of Conduct (, portions of which are derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Additional text from LGBTQ in Technology Code of Conduct (