Code of conduct

Alcove 19 is dedicated to a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free experience for everyone. All attendees, speakers, trainers, sponsors, coachs, volunteers and any other participants at any events and actions hosted by Alcove 19 are required to abide by the Alcove 19 Code of Conduct (CoC) at the event as well as, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Social events hosted or sponsored by Alcove 19 sponsors.
  • Event organizer meetings and communications.
  • Session, Group, Event proposal processes.
  • Post-event surveys.

The Drupal Code of Conduct ( outlines a kind of our shared ideals and values. This document expresses how we hope to make these ideals real on this platform, at our conferences and other events. Our goal is to ensure that all participants can freely and openly share ideas in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration.


If you witnessed or experienced harassment in a group or at an event hosted in the context of Alcove 19, notify one of the CoC contacts:

  1. Olivier Ritlewski (Twitter: @oritlewski)


Alcove 19 is a social platform that brings together a community of humans from around the world who want to act to improve the state of the world. Alcove 19 is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, welcoming, professional, harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion and any other status protected by laws in which the event or the group is being held.

This Code of Conduct ensures we collectively create this kind of experience. This document expresses the behaviors we expect at our events and in groups, what is unacceptable behavior, how we address unacceptable behavior, and how to ask for help if needed. All participants, including attendees, organizers, speakers, trainers, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, and event staff are required to abide by this Code of Conduct. CoC contacts, Alcove 19 members and staff, and/or their designated representatives will enforce this code throughout each event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.


All participants to any groups and events hosted in the context of Alcove 19 are expected to behave in accordance with professional standards, this Code of Conduct, applicable laws, and to the extent not contrary to the above, their respective employer's policies governing appropriate workplace behavior.

We are considerate

Alcove 19 is a social community platform that attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated and encourage everyone to consider the impact of their words and actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences.

We are welcoming

One of the greatest strengths of the Alcove 19 community is our inclusiveness. Making all participants feel welcome and included in any groups and at any events hosted in the context of Alcove 19 is everyone’s job.

We are respectful

All participants should strive to treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion and any other status protected by laws in which the event is being held.

We are collaborative

If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out between themselves where this is practical. Where support is beneficial to achieve this, participants agree to ask for help. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect. If people do not feel able to work out an issue between themselves, they are encouraged to seek advice of a third party to help mediate.

To get help mediating you may contact one of Alcove 19's CoC contacts listed earlier in this document.

We lead by example

Anyone who represents the Alcove 19 project, officially, informally, or otherwise, is a leader in our community. At Alcove 19, leadership roles include, but are not limited to the organizing team, trainers, coachs and presenters. Leadership is not an award, right or title; it is a privilege, a responsibility, and a mandate. As leaders, they must represent the best version of the Alcove 19 community in what they say and do.


We do not tolerate harassment and keep our events a harassment-free zone for all of our attendees. Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in which the event is being held. Any report of harassment at Alcove 19 will be addressed immediately. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments or imagery that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion and any other status protected by laws in which the event is being held.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Abusive, offensive, or degrading language or imagery.
  • Language or imagery that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence, emotional, or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.
  • Intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Sexual imagery. At a minimum, no images containing nudity or expressions of sexual relationships that might be deemed inappropriate for a business environment should be used. In addition, participants should consider local societal customs of the hosting country when deciding what is deemed appropriate for a business environment.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances or physical contact.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff, including volunteers, should not wear sexualized clothing/uniform/costume, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. Speakers should not use sexual language, images, or anything that would constitute harassment as defined above in their presentations.

Finally, no weapons of any kind or illegal drugs are permitted at event venues hosted in the context of Alcove 19.


Unacceptable behavior from any participant-e of a group or an event hosted in the context of Alcove 19 will not be tolerated. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, CoC contacts, Alcove 19 volunteers and staff, and/or designated representatives may take any of the following actions they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the group, the event or organisation without warning and without refund. These actions may include, but are not limited to:

  • A warning to cease their behavior and that any further reports will result in further actions.
  • Removal from the Alcove 19 group or event, with no refund.
  • Not being allowed to attend future Alcove 19 groups or events for a period of time or indefinitely.
  • Revocation of leadership roles related to Alcove 19 events for a period of time or indefinitely.
  • Reporting behavior to the applicable authorities.


If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify a CoC contact, event volunteer or staff member, or utilize one of the other contact methods listed earlier in this document. Likewise, please immediately notify us if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behavior.


We have an amazing community and this Code of Conduct is designed to continue and strengthen our ability to safeguard and foster our members' wellness and encourage the community’s growth in a safe, productive and welcoming place by providing clarity and expectations around our members' behavior and responsibilities. Parts of this Code of Conduct are derived from best practices used in other open source projects’ Codes of Conduct, including:

  • Linux Foundation
  • Ubuntu OS Feels
  • Ada Initiative
  • Geek Feminism
  • Drupal

The Alcove 19 Code of Conduct is largely based on the Drupal Switzerland Association Code of Conduct, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License ( and is available for others to use and adapt for their own needs, events or organisations.