Code of Conduct

 
 

As a member, this club belongs to you.

Whether you're with us every week, or every once in a while, whatever level of experience or background, this is YOUR club.

In order to make sure this community can serve everyone, we’ve put together a few guidelines.

We expect members…

To take care of themselves, each other, and our spaces.

Be kind to each other, and to yourself. Take care of the machines as if they are your own (or better), and respect the staff and locations that generously host us each week. Encourage others in their endeavors, and respect each other’s privacy. Treat others with the warmth and respect with which you would like to be treated.

To ensure all our members feel safe and comfortable…

The PPC cares about creating an open and welcoming community, and we are committed to making the club a respectful and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, age, political affiliation, or religion.

This Code of Conduct applies to our physical locations, outside of club locations at community-related social activities, and online in both public and private channels.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments or jokes related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, national origin, immigration status, or religion.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior.
  • 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.
  • Harming the discussion or community with methods such as sustained disruption, interruption, or blocking of community collaboration (i.e. trolling).
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern 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 when correcting someone or as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Non-consensual publication of private correspondence.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.


Nothing is too small or too large.

We are always ready to help you out any way that we can. If something or someone has made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Club Officials (listed below). You can do this anonymously if you want.

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in harassing behavior, we retain the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to keep the PPC welcoming environment for all members. This includes but is not limited to warning the offender, facilitating an apology, asking the offender to leave the club, or, if necessary, calling the police.

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the PPC, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Club Official in person, or at report@phillypinball.club. You can be as involved as you want in the process that follows your report.

The current team of Club Officials includes:

  • Jon
  • Kian
  • Darby

If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

If you prefer to make an anonymous report, please use this helpful bot. (You can also use this link to create a report to keep for your own records.)

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but Club Officials will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of respecting club members. 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 PPC members or the general public. We will not name reporting parties without their explicit consent.

Want to suggest edits or ask questions about the Code?

This anti-harassment policy is made possible by the fantastic leadership of Indy Hall community cultivator Sam Abrams, and is based on suggestions from Indy Hall members, example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki (created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers), and the MediaWiki Code of Conduct.

It is repurposed here with permission. 💛 to the crew at IH.

Suggestions for edits and additions that will improve inclusion and diversity in the PPC are welcome – please email info@phillypinball.club with recommendations.