TLDC Code of Conduct

It’s very important to us that all TLDC users and participants abide by this Code of Conduct.

We are building a Community for people that are interested in being in a Community. If you’re not someone who can play nice in a group, TLDC is not for you. If you’re only interested in showcasing your ego, product, or mastery of a skill, TLDC is not for you.

Those are the basics. Here are five more elements we focus on:

Trust
Our friend Julian Stodd’s writes: “In the Social Age, trust has become a golden currency, not one that can be minted, or bestowed, but rather one which must be earned.”

All of us have witnessed the rise and fall of huge digital communities. We want to learn from their failures. And more often than not, those failures stem from the breaking of trust. Our intentions are simple and we will always do our best to earn and maintain your trust.

Diversity
Race, gender, sexual orientation, income bracket, level of education, none of that matters to us. If our Community is something you find valuable, we welcome you – as long as you abide by this Code of Conduct.

Respect
This seems simple, and should be, but digital communities have gotten increasingly complex, and the reality is, not everyone is perfect. That doesn’t mean you get to be a jerk. If you can’t respect our Community and its members, you’re not welcome here. Simply put, just be nice.

Inclusion
Part of why TLDC was founded was to solve a fundamental feeling of…loneliness. If what we talk about and are passion about interests you, join our tribe. If the social dynamic is something that invigorates you and it helps you in your career or professional endeavors, participate. All levels of skill/experience are welcome. Lurkers are welcome too!

Improvement
We’re here to share knowledge and help one another get better at our jobs and careers. Almost every activity we produce is about encouraging improvement. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginning instructional designer or an advanced learning interface architect, we’re all here looking to improve.

We Are Building A Community
Etsy founder Caterina Fake says “Your Community is only as good as what you’ll tolerate”. And what we won’t tolerate is the tearing down of what’s being built. Our team will actively moderate communications happening in our spaces, and if we see behavior that doesn’t fit this Code of Conduct, we will quickly banish offending users. All Members and Participants should feel safe and respected in our Community. If they don’t, we’ll do everything we can to make sure any negative issues that arise are dealt with immediately.

This Code of Conduct covers everything we do. The scope applies to our Slack group, our websites, our online events, and our live events.

And speaking of live events…
Our conferences are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the TLDC Organizers.

Thank you for your generosity, participation, and consideration. We are glad you are here!

Last update: March 22, 2018

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