Code of Conduct

The Cellar, Barrel & Wine is made up of members from around the world, and diversity is one of our huge strengths! We’ve set up this Code of Conduct to help guide all members communicate compassionately, even when our backgrounds or identities differ. 


This Code of Conduct applies to online spaces of The Cellar, Barrel & Wine. This includes spaces like mailing lists, wikis, web sites, code repositories and online communities. The Code of Conduct may also apply to private correspondence between members, if the communication includes stalking, harassment, discrimination, threats of violence, or other behaviour that impacts the physical safety or mental health of members.

The Code of Conduct applies to all events of The Cellar, Barrel & Wine. This includes events such as official events, meet-ups, trainings, workshops, and unofficial events. The Code of Conduct applies at all our event venues and event-related social events. All event attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers, including the event organising team, are required to follow the Code of Conduct. Organisers are expected to enforce the Code of Conduct throughout the event.

We hope all participants in online and event spaces will help us to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

Our standards

At The Cellar, Barrel & Wine, we are dedicated to providing a positive experience for everyone, regardless of age, caste, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, immigration status, level of experience, physical appearance or body size, nationality, neurodiversity, ****** orientation, socio-economic status, race and / or religion (or lack thereof).

Community guidelines

We have a few community guidelines that we ask people to adhere to. Being explicit about our community norms will ensure that The Cellar, Barrel & Wine continues to be an excellent space in which to communicate, collaborate, and contribute. When the guidelines are unclear, we expect the spirit of the guidelines to be followed.

  • Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and our employees, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. 
  • Be patient. This mostly applies to forums, mailing lists, and code contributions (i.e. asynchronous forms of communication). Communities are often built on volunteer time both from participants and organisers. It is possible that your question or code contribution or suggestion might not receive an immediate response. Be patient and consider the norms of the community. One reminder ping is welcome, many reminder pings in rapid succession are not a good display of patience. Similarly, posting the same question in multiple threads is frowned upon and should not be done. 
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour 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. We expect members of The Cellar, Barrel & Wine to be respectful when communicating with other members, as well as our employees, vendors and partners. 
  • Be nice. Please be courteous, respectful and polite to fellow members. 
  • Communicate effectively. Clear communication can help to avoid misunderstandings. Remember that words and phrases can be interpreted differently depending on people’s backgrounds. It’s better to ask for clarification than to make assumptions. Disagreements, social and technical, are normal, but we expect participants to resolve disagreements constructively. Please avoid trolling, personal attacks, angry messages, abusive language and repetitive arguments.
  • Ask for help when unsure. Nobody is expected to be perfect in this community. Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. 

Supporting diversity

We value diversity. If you are new to conversations about diversity, here are our guidelines for supporting marginalised groups in our community:

  • Acknowledge that the lived experiences of marginalised groups are valid. We acknowledge that each community member will experience the world differently, based on their past experiences, background and identity. We encourage you to bring your experiences to community conversations, while being open to learning about other people’s different lived experiences.
  • Process intense feelings about diversity with a friend. If you have never experienced discrimination, learning about it may make you feel uncomfortable, upset, or even angry. You may feel sad because you didn’t realise the world was unjust. You may feel guilty because you hold unconscious bias. You may feel excluded because your experiences with hardship are not viewed as discrimination. We encourage you process those feelings with a person with a similar background who understands the discrimination marginalised groups in face.
  • Listen to marginalised groups, but try not to put the burden of education on them. We encourage members to be curious about different lived experiences. However, note that people from marginalised groups in our community are often asked to explain their experiences. Providing education and examples of discrimination can be emotionally draining. We ask that community members to do their own research before asking for education from marginalised groups. If a member does not want to discuss a diversity topic with you, please respect their wishes. Reasonable communication of topic boundaries is not against the Code of Conduct.
  • Be open to learning how to be more inclusive. It’s important that our community talk about how to become more inclusive. If you see behaviour that is discriminatory, we encourage you to report it. We also recognise that members may choose to privately or publicly critique behaviour that negatively impacts marginalised groups in our community. It is not against the Code of Conduct to provide such a critique.
  • Avoid critiquing people’s tone when they talk about discrimination. Talking about discrimination and different lived experiences can be difficult. Seeing biased or discriminatory statements can bring up past negative experiences for marginalised groups in our community. These negative experiences often bring up strong emotions, which may lead to the person communicating in a more blunt tone. We encourage members to acknowledge others’ experiences with discrimination, rather than critiquing the tone that people use to communicate about that discrimination.
  • Understand creating an inclusive culture takes time, energy, and resources. We acknowledge that discrimination, harassment, unconscious bias, and systemic inequality exists. Because of this, people from marginalised groups may have less access to resources or opportunities. It is important to take action and correct these issues. All community change requires resources (such as time, influence, or money). We acknowledge that such resources will be spent towards correcting past bias and discrimination.

Inappropriate behaviour

We want all participants to have the best possible experience they can. In order to be clear what that means, we’ve provided a list of examples of behaviours that are inappropriate:

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording at events. If someone says they do not want a picture or video taken of them, respect that choice. If they ask you to delete or remove a picture taken without permission, do so. Photographers (even paid event photographers) following or stalking attendees in order to get shots of a diverse group is not acceptable. 
  • Sustained disruption of online discussion, talks, or other events. Sustained disruption of events, online discussions, or meetings, including talks and presentations, will not be tolerated. This includes ‘Talking over’ or ‘heckling’ event speakers or influencing crowd actions that cause hostility in event sessions. 
  • We do not tolerate harassment and derogatory comments. We do not tolerate pushing people or pressurised – physically or through jeering. 
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist language or otherwise exclusionary language. This includes deliberately referring to someone by a gender that they do not identify with, and/or questioning the legitimacy of an individual’s gender identity. If you’re unsure if a word is derogatory, don’t use it. This also includes repeated subtle and/or indirect discrimination.
  • Unwelcome ****** attention or behaviour that contributes to a sexualised environment. This includes sexualised comments, jokes or imagery in interactions, communications or presentation materials, as well as inappropriate touching, groping, or ****** advances. Members should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Organisers, staff, members and volunteers should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment. 
  • Unwelcome physical contact. This includes touching a person without permission, including sensitive areas such as their hair, pregnant stomach, mobility device (wheelchair, scooter, etc) or tattoos. This also includes physically blocking or intimidating another person. Physical contact or simulated physical contact (such as emojis like “kiss”) without affirmative consent is not acceptable. This includes sharing or distribution of sexualised images or text.
  • Violence or threats of violence. Violence and threats of violence are not acceptable – online or offline. This includes incitement of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit self-harm. This also includes posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information online. 
  • Bringing a weapon to an event. No weapons are allowed at event venues, including but not limited to explosives (including fireworks), guns, and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon. 
  • Influencing or encouraging inappropriate behaviour. If you influence or encourage another person to violate the Code of Conduct, you may face the same consequences as if you had violated the Code of Conduct.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If you are the subject of an incident report or if you wish to report inappropriate behaviour, your personal data will be processed in accordance with our policies. You consent to such processing.

Reporting a Code of Conduct incident

We encourage community members to make report a Code of Conduct breach. The report will be handled according to our policies. If you are the subject of an incident report or if you wish to report inappropriate behaviour, your personal data will be processed in accordance with our policies.

Online Safety Features and Tools

We stand against online bullying. You can use the features below to keep you safe.

  • Block User: Block a user and they will not be able to see your profile, posts and other activities on the website.
  • Report a violation: If you witness a breach of our Code of Conduct, report it and our team will take required action.
  • Restrict Comments: We apply filters that control and/or restrict profanity and spam in posts, comments and other activities on the website.

We encourage all our users to participate in creating a safe and inclusive community for everyone.