DjangoCon Europe is a safe space for every attendee and our community want to actively encourage underrepresented categories to attend Django events and give their contribution to the community.
For this reason we adopted, publicized and enforced a Code of Conduct:
- every attendee subscribed as a precondition to buy the ticket
- code of conduct (or excerpt of it) has been made available on the website and in the conference venues in printed form
- every CoC information displayed both the email address and the mobile number to contact in case of incidents
- CoC announcements has been made through the conference, reminding that it applies to all the conference spaces, both physical and digital
During the conference a number of incidents have been reported and are here published in anonymized format.
All the information related to the cases have been provided to the DSF Code of Conduct committee as a record for future Django events organizers.
During a talk, a number of comments has been loudly made from people in the audience regarding statements from one of the speakers. An argument on twitter and on the slack team ensued, where the main point was that DjangoCon is only meant for technical talks. The author of this comment further replied privately to one of the Code of Conduct committee with a denial of the validity of the Code of Conduct and the value of talks on social, diversity and inclusivity topics.
We, as member of the Django community, well before than as member of the DjangoCon Europe 2017 Code of Conduct committee, want to clarify the fact that DjangoCon Europe is not a low cost advanced Django training course, but it's an important event for the whole Django community to discuss every topic that impacts our community: being technical advancements or community life discussions. We issued a written reprimand to the offender and transmitted the information to the DSF Code of Conduct committee.
At the end of one talk, an inappropriately worded question from one of the attendees was widely understood as offensive for the speaker. The CoC committee discussed this with the attendee who made the statement, and a private written apology has been relayed by the CoC to the speaker, upon speaker consent. The part of the talk has been removed from the published videos.
We want to stress that a lot of harm can be made, even in good faith, when speaking to the other people, and even small misunderstanding can lead to people feeling not welcomed within the community, especially on sensitive topics, like the one in this incident.
A speaker reported that after their talk, one attendee reported comments on their attire during the talk and that a different dress would have been resulted in a better impression over the audience. The speaker involved has not provided more details about the incident to avoid making it a personal case, but it's of the uttermost importance to note that comments regarding the appearance are sexist, toxic and dangerous, and they have no place within the Django community: communities -or attendees- have no role in imposing or suggesting a dress code to other people.
During the conference party, an attendee taking pictures has put two attendees in an awkward situation to take one shot; this resulted in a very uncomfortable situation for at least one of the person involved. Given the social context, the person felt obliged to comply with the request, but it resulted in a high stress for them. We have been unable to identify the photographer and thus no further action has been taken.
We want, nonetheless, stress the fact that the respect required by the Code of Conduct goes beyond the simple "do not harm the others", but it means that a proper behavior must be ensured during all the conference events, and especially during the social events, and that proper and unforced consent must be asked to other people without pushing them in unwanted situations.
Publicly -anonymized- reporting these incidents does not have the goal to shame people: our goal is to provide examples of what kind of incidents happens unbeknownst to many attendees, how they are handled and what their long-term consenquences can be, beyond the people involved in the incidents.
Our goal is to increase the awareness over the community at large that even apparent misunderstanding can lead to great damage to the people involved