Hey Pressto! Conference 2020

A WordPress and ClassicPress conference which happens only on Twitter

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants in the Hey Pressto! Conference community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behaviour.  This code also applies to ongoing discussions following the conference which include the #HeyPresstoConf20 or #HeyPresstoConf hashtag. You should also look at our privacy policy for information about privacy issues concerning material presented in the HeyPressto! conference.

We welcome participation from anyone who is interested in the use of WordPress and ClassicPress for content development and delivery on the web and are very happy for anyone interested in those topics and their wider effects to join our discussions.

We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and ask that participants honour our code of conduct.

We hope that if mistakes are made by moderators or participants that we can approach these as a community who are aiming to learn together.

Our code of conduct is a living and breathing document, always open to revision, suggestions, criticism and feedback. We invite and welcome input, especially from those most likely to be affected by the behaviours we wish to prevent. Any feedback on the code of conduct can be sent via our contact form our by emailing hello@heypresstoconf.org.

The code of conduct is framed around the behaviour we expect, the behaviour which we hope will prevent microaggressions, will prevent the expenditure of emotional labour and any behaviour which people may find upsetting. Please act in the kindest, nicest way you can when in our community. If you are unsure if an act may be against the code of the conduct, you are more than welcome to check with us first.

Should you wish to report an issue, then please do so. We do not consider any one to be above these rules, or that any complaint is too small to be ignored. We wish to be as thorough as we can be so our code of conduct isn’t merely words.

Our open HeyPressto! community strives to

  • 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, colour, 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: Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so 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’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
  • 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 aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language 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 or sexist terms.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Misgendering and deadnaming.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why: Disagreements, both social, academic and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

This code is not exhaustive or complete. It serves to distill our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment, and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we may not be able to satisfy everyone, we all agree that everyone is equal. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via heypresstoconf@gmail.com . All reports will be handled with discretion. In your report please include:

  • Your contact information.
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well. Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. Please include links or screenshots of any tweets.
  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. A representative will then review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If an individual engages in unacceptable behavior, the representative may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a permanent ban from our community without warning.


This code of conduct is based upon the charter from the #ukmeded Twitter chats and the Open Code of Conduct from the TODOGroup.

We appreciate their work and the other communities that have contributed to the development of codes of conduct for open online communities.


Hey Pressto! Conference 2020