Code of Conduct

This community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

All participants at Honeycomb Developer Week are subject to these rules. As Honeycomb is hosting the event, these rules are enforced by the Honeycomb team (employees/administrators).

Applicability and scope

This code of conduct applies to all of the Honeycomb Developer Week conference programs, including any areas of the conference virtual hosting platform, presentations, public channels, private channels, and direct messages, both online and off. Honeycomb retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Creating a welcoming and safe environment

We hope to create a conference environment in which diverse individuals can learn, collaborate and interact in a positive and affirming way. Examples of behavior that contributes to creating this sort of environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the overall community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

What we mean when we say “harassment”

The Honeycomb Developer Week conference will not tolerate harassment of any kind. Examples of harassment include:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, pregnancy status, veteran status, political affiliation, marital status, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or other identity marker.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, relationships, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering, using inappropriate pronouns, or use of “dead” or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior 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.
  • Ongoing application of emoji of any kind to a member of the community’s postings after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual or group, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following—online or in the physical world.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Patterns 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.

If you have questions or concerns about these rules, message the conference team at

How to report an issue

If you are being harassed by a member of our community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please notify a Honeycomb Code of Conduct Officer via Direct Message in the conference’s Slack channel. Those officers will have “CoC” as part of their Slack username. We’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

This code of conduct applies to our conference, but if you are being harassed by a conference participant outside our conference, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by our participants seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The Honeycomb team reserves the right to exclude people from the Honeycomb Developer Week conference based on their past behavior, including behavior outside of our spaces and behavior towards people who are not participating in the conference.

In order to protect conference staff, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted or ignored without response.

How we will enforce these rules

Every code of conduct violation report will be treated with seriousness and care. If a participant’s immediate safety and security are threatened, an individual Honeycomb employee may take any action that they deem appropriate, up to and including temporarily banning the offender from the conference. In less urgent situations, the Honeycomb team will issue a warning shared with the offender privately. Whatever the resolution, the decision of the Honeycomb team involved in a violation case will be considered final.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. 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 conference participants or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, we may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference and identification of the participant as a harasser to other participants. At the discretion of the Honeycomb team or by request, one or more of the parties involved may request to discuss the violation and how to avoid similar situations in the future.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Community Covenant (, version 1.0, available at The Community Covenant is an open-source effort and is built on codes of conduct that came before it, including the Contributor Covenant ( and the LGBTQ in Tech community code of conduct (

It is also adapted based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki (, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.


Community Covenant by Coraline Ada Ehmke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( Based on a work at

The Geek Feminism wiki policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.