Zine Party Code of Conduct

Based on previous excellent work by others (thanks IndiWeb), this is a living code of conduct. This code of conduct applies to all Zine Party spaces both online and off, including Zoom meetings and Slack channels.

Respect

Zine Party is an intentionally positive community that recognizes and celebrates the creativity and collaboration of independent creators (and independence) and the diversity of people, cultures, and opinions that they bring to Zine Party.

Zine Party spaces are an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, disability, medical conditions, nationality, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, politics, or ideology.

We value respectful behavior above individual opinions.

Respectful behavior includes:
  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
  • Avoid demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, gratuitous or off-topic sexual (body part), or physically threatening behavior, speech, text, names, and imagery.
  • If you're not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.
Zine Party prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Zine Party organizers reserve the right not to act on complaints regarding:
  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

(Thanks to XOXO for providing the above paragraph and list on marginalized people’s safety with a CC-BY license)

Resolve Peacefully

We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful and welcome your input in doing so.

If you experience disrespectful behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of an organizer. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

Apologize for Mistakes

Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them, and avoiding repeating them in the future.

Consequences

If the organizers determine that a participant is behaving disrespectfully, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion and exclusion without warning.

As organizers, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. We can't foresee every situation however, and thus if in the organizers' judgment the best thing to do is to ask a disrespectful individual to leave, we will do so.

Resolving an Issue

If you believe you’re experiencing practices at an Zine Party event which doesn’t meet the policies below, or if you feel you are being harassed in any way, please immediately contact us at help@zine.party (or DM @Verdi on slack).

If you believe you’re experiencing practices in chat or at an event which don’t meet the policies above, please immediately contact any ally you may know. Anyone in the community should feel empowered to resolve issues and uphold our high standards.

However if you feel the issue requires escalation contact us at help@zine.party (or DM @Verdi on slack).

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