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Does Your Conference Have a Code of Conduct?

Many Eduhacker readers may be aware of the incident involving Adria Richards at Pycon, which I will refer to as the Airborne Toxic Event (thank you, DeLillo) for the way it is drifting across the developer community with a massive dose of fallout.  If you haven’t heard about it, click on the link and you’ll have an array of sources from which to form your own opinion.

In searching professional organizations like the American Library Association, Modern Language Association, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and American History Association, I came across codes of ethics, like the ALA’s, but not codes of conduct for conferences. If you know of a policy for one of these organization, please share it below and I’ll update the post.

One example of a community/organization coming together to develop a code of conduct is Code4Lib. They used Git to create and publish a policy for the 2013 conference. The policy was based on the examples and resources provided by the Geek Feminism Wiki.

If you belong to a professional organization or attend conferences, is it important to you that there be a code of conduct? Is your organization creating a code of conduct? How does your community avoid its version of the Airborne Toxic Event?

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