Code of Conduct for Online Meetups and Events

This code of conduct applies to UX Content Office Hours, Scott’s online workshops and trainings, and any other events hosted by Scott Kubie and offered through the site.

I’m committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Harassment of event participants in any form will not be tolerated. Participants include all registered participants, as well as any volunteers, guests, or members of online communities related to the event, now or in the future. This code of conduct applies to everyone who participates in the event, during any live online meetings and throughout online discussion and interactions related to the event. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from an event at my discretion. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Additionally, given the sensitive nature of career and digital strategy conversations, about which much of my events are focused on, you are asked to assume a default expectation of privacy with regards to the stories and personal details that participants may share during the course of an event.


Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour  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.
  • 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 screenshots, 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.

I aim to prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. I 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


If you are being harassed by an event participant, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Scott Kubie by emailing I will respond as promptly as I can. I will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At my discretion, I may publicly name a person about whom I’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if I believe that doing so will increase the safety of participants, community members, or the general public. I will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any behavior violating this code of conduct are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in any such behavior, I may take any action deemed appropriate, up to and including expulsion from an activity or the program. In some cases, the participant may also be identified as a harasser to other participants, community members, or the general public.


Event participants are asked to treat all anecdotes, stories, and details shared by other participants as private information. Do not share anyone else’s story without their permission, even if you anonymize the details. Everyone’s story belongs to them.

Do not use any information that participants share to solicit them without their permission (e.g. for a job opportunity) or share their information or employment status with any third-parties without their permission.


This code of conduct is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

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