OddBird

Code of Conduct

As a company, we want to embrace the very differences that have made our collaboration successful, and work together to provide the best environment for learning, growing, working, and sharing ideas. It is imperative that OddBird continue to be a welcoming, challenging, fun, and fair place to work.

OddBird is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone — regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. If you are being harassed by an OddBird contributor, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the owners:

We strive to:

  • Be welcoming, kind, and helpful
  • Be collaborative, open, and transparent
  • Take responsibility for our words and actions
  • Look out for each other

When you are in public, your actions determine the public perception of our company.

Scope

This document and related procedures apply to behavior occurring inside or outside the scope of OddBird activities, online or in-person, in public, at work, in one-on-one communications, and anywhere such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of OddBird contributors. Any OddBird contributor who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned, removed from the team, or expelled from OddBird community spaces and activities at the discretion of the owners.

If you are being harassed by an OddBird contributor outside our work environment, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by OddBird contributors, especially the owners, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces, and harassment that took place at any point in time. We reserve the right to exclude people from OddBird spaces and activities based on their past behavior, including behavior outside OddBird spaces, and behavior towards people who are not OddBird contributors.

OddBird contributors include owners, contractors, clients, open-source contributors, and anyone participating in OddBird spaces or activities.

Harassment includes:

  • Derogatory, unwelcome, or discriminatory comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Repeated unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including but not limited to topics like food, health, parenting, relationships, geographic locations, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they are 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.
  • 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.

Exclusions

OddBird prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The owners will not 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

Reporting

If you are being harassed by an OddBird contributor, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the owners:

If the person who is harassing you is one of the owners, that owner will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

In order to protect this policy from abuse, 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 without response.

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 OddBird contributors or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

OddBird contributors asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the owners may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all OddBird spaces and activities, as well as identification of the participant as a harasser to other OddBird members or the general public.

The OddBird owners will be happy to help participants contact any relevant security or law enforcement officials, provide escorts, or otherwise assist any OddBird contributors experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of their interaction with our company.

Attribution

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community, as well as the Sass Community Guidelines, Slack Developer Community Code of Conduct, and FreeBSD Code of Conduct.

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