Readercon Code of Conduct

This code of conduct is in effect as of 7/1/2013. Readercon's safety committee (safecom) and convention committee (concom) will annually review the code of conduct and amend it as needed.

Readercon's convention committee wants Readercon to be a safe, enjoyable convention for everyone. To this end, everyone with a Readercon badge is required to abide by the Readercon code of conduct.

By attending Readercon in any capacity, you agree to help create a space that is and feels as safe as possible by respecting other people’s physical and social boundaries.

Physical boundaries

Do not physically harm or endanger other people.

Do not touch people or their personal effects—including clothing, assistive devices, bags, and on-duty service animals—without an express invitation. If you want to invite physical contact, do so verbally or with a friendly gesture, such as holding out a hand for a handshake.

When sharing space with other people, engage in active demonstrations of respect and empathy. For example: Leave other people a clear path to the exit. Moderate the volume of your voice and the expansiveness of your gestures. Maintain an appropriate physical distance.

Social boundaries

In all cases where someone has told you or demonstrated that they do not wish to interact with you, do not contact them in any fashion, including through an intermediary, unless and until they approach you of their own initiative.

Readercon thrives on vigorous debate, but it is not acceptable to verbally attack people. Do not use slurs or make derogatory comments about a person, group, or category of people. This includes comments based on characteristics such as (but not limited to) actual or perceived race, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, age, religion, ability, family or marital status, or socioeconomic class.

When interacting with other people, engage in active demonstrations of respect and empathy. For example: Obtain ongoing consent for your interaction. Respect the variety of ways in which people signal that continued contact is unwelcome. Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal clues that the other party wishes to end the interaction; these clues can range from "Gosh, look at the time!" to the other person walking away from you. If you're not certain the other person is enjoying your company, end the interaction yourself.

In summary

Just as you do not owe anyone your time, your attention, or physical contact, no one owes you theirs. Interacting with people you don't know well can be somewhat like first contact with an alien ambassador, so demonstrate peaceful intentions and do your best to be a credit to the human race.