LGBT+ Slack

Code of Conduct

It's important to us that our members have a safe and confidential space to talk about anything they want.

This code of conduct sets out what we expect of all our members, how you can use the space, and how we will ensure that the space remains safe for everyone.

In this code of conduct, “the admins” refers to those who run this Slack team and its associated services. “Members” refers to any user on the Slack team.

Harassment

The LGBT+ Slack has a zero tolerance policy on harassment. We do not tolerate any form of harassment towards our members, or harassment by our members to non-members.

Under 18s

We welcome members under the age of 18, but we ask that you stay out of any explicit channels. When you first log in, please notify us using the /admin command that you are under 18 so that we can ensure we take care of you to the best of our ability.

What constitutes harassment?

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or other identity marker. This includes anti-Indigenous/Nativeness and anti-Blackness.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, relationships, drugs, and employment. This includes (but is not limited to) body-shaming, kink-shaming and similar practices.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • 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

Jokes that resemble the above, such as ‘hipster racism’, still count as harassment even if meant satirically or ironically.

Culture

Please be aware that, by its nature, the Slack is a very diverse place. Making generalised, particularly heteronormative and cis-centric statements or assumptions (e.g. “men/women are [...]”, “ladies and gentlemen”, etc.), has the potential to offend our members and should be avoided.

Calling out

Calling out potentially offensive language and behaviour is encouraged. It should not be seen as an attack on the speaker, but as a correction. We are all human, and we all make mistakes sometimes. Please do not be offended if a member corrects your terminology or points out that something you have said could offend. However, if this does happen, please take the feedback on board.

Creating channels

Any member of the community can create channels. We reserve the right to disable this feature in future if it is abused.

Channels specifically used to promote or advertise something are frowned upon (although we encourage you to share things you're proud of in #shamelessplug). Channels used to incite harassment will be deleted and their creators may be banned.

If you think conversations in your channel have the potential to reach a stage where they trigger others, please consider creating a -tw counterpart (see below). If conversations could get too explicit, please consider creating a -x counterpart (see below).

Explicit channels

All explicit channel names end in -x (e.g. #example-x). Please honour this when creating new channels.

You are welcome to share explicit pictures or videos, but bear in mind that uploading explicit pictures or videos to the Slack is not permitted. If you wish to share explicit pictures or videos, please upload them elsewhere (such as Imgur) and share a link in Slack. The reason for this is that uploaded files are visible to all members, regardless of what channels they have joined. Explicit links—to any site—are allowed.

Trigger warnings

Members are expected to use trigger warnings where appropriate. Channels which frequently feature potentially triggering content are given names ending in -tw (e.g. #example-tw). If you are in a non-TW channel, you may be asked to redirect to its TW equivalent. You are expected to honour this request.

Redirects

If you feel that a conversation in a channel would be best suited elsewhere, you are encouraged to ask that it be redirected to a different channel. You can do this using the :redirect: emoji (:redirect:). You should suggest an appropriate alternative channel when making your request (e.g. :redirect: #example), or ask that the conversation take place in direct messages (e.g. :redirect: DM).

If you are asked to redirect your conversation, please do so immediately.

If you feel that a conversation is in danger of triggering someone or is too explicit for the content of the channel, we encourage you to redirect it to the channel's -tw or -x counterpart. If it does not exist, please create it.

Reporting

If you would like to report a violation of this code of conduct, please contact the admins by typing /admin [your message]. All admin messages, including reports, are private and confidential.

If you are harassed by one of our members outside the Slack, please report it to us also. All reports will be investigated, although we reserve the right to delete reports made in bad faith without response.

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 our members or the general public.

Enforcement

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

If a member engages in harassing behavior, the admins may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the Slack team and identification of the member as a harasser to other members or the general public.

Voting and changes in policy

Changes in policy may be suggested by any member. If you have a suggestion, please let us know using the /admin command.

The admins will always act in the best interests of the community, but some bigger decisions may be put to a vote. If this happens, the proposal will be announced in the #announcements channel, and you may vote on it by adding an emoji reaction of a tick (yes) or cross (no). Voting will end 24 hours after the proposal is posted.