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deexpa Code of Conduct


deexpa is a Community of Practice (CoP) that is welcoming to and inclusive of the contributions of all of its participants, with their varied and diverse backgrounds. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religion (or lack thereof).

This is not an exhaustive list of things that you cannot do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it is intended — a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the event communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community of practice — through the online community, in-person or digital events, and all other group and individual communications  as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate in deexpa activities to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Creating a Welcoming, Inclusive and Ethical Culture

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming and friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, please recognize their efforts.

Expected Behavior

The behaviors outlined below are expected and requested of all community members.

Relationship and conduct with each other:

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate. Your work can be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we are a global community, and you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside this particular community.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Threats or abusive language (including tone) directed against another person.
    • Discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist, body mass or sexist terms.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
    • Harassment (including repeated harassment) of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and professional, happen all the time and this community is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we are different. The strength of this community comes from its varied people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint does not mean that they are wrong. Do not forget that it is human to err and blaming each other does not get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
  • Moderators and administrators reserve the right to delete excessive self-promotional or commercial posts in discussion channels. While we are here to support our industry and thrive as event professionals, a community requires give and take and self-promotion should be appropriate to the channel and context.
  • Content that has been identified as objectionable, inappropriate or off-topic will be subject to deletion by community moderators and admins. Posters or sharers of content will receive a warning and risk being blocked from the community if unacceptable behavior persists.
  • As a community, we expect justice and fairness by all, to all.
  • The work of the community will be carried out with care for all involved.
  • The processes established by the community formally, by precedent or design, will respect the dignity of all.
  • This community expects honesty from all members or participants in an open and clear exchange, using language that is clear and respectful. There must be an honest sharing of information.
  • This community expects there to be respect for both individuals and the community.
  • Community members respect all our cultures, including having respect for our environment and personal privacy.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior by any community member, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Members who are accused of unacceptable behavior are called upon to change the relevant behavior immediately or withdraw from the community.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the moderators and admins may take any action deemed appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning.

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify community as soon as possible.

License and attribution

This work is licensed to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

This adaptation titled: Code of Conduct and Ethics, by Paul G. West (the “Adapter”), downloadable from is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 open license.

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