Abstractions Policies & Procedures

Code of Conduct

Copyright 2016 Justin Reese and Richard Stallman. This policy is free to use and adapt, licensed as CC BY-SA.

We expect all participants to follow these rules within all Code & Supply venues and events, virtual or in-person, and within all official Code & Supply communication channels. This policy is subject to changes without notice.

It was adapted from multiple sources, including the

It uses the gender-neutral third person singular pronouns "person", "per" and "pers", which work like "she", "her" and "hers".

Code & Supply is dedicated to providing an enjoyable event for everyone and expects participants at our events to act in a way that promotes an environment that is harassment-free, safe, comfortable, and enjoyable to be a part of.

Our events are for everyone, regardless of per gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or criminal record. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

You agree that when at Code & Supply events, you will behave in a way that enables our expected environment and will not, by way of example, and not as a limitation:

Organizational Rules

These rules apply to all event patrons, invited guests, paying sponsors, staff, and volunteers. You are responsible for your own conduct as well as the conduct of your guests and/or persons acting on your behalf.

Personal Conduct for Representatives of Code & Supply

When participating in certain roles, you are acting as a representative of Code & Supply and your behavior should reflect that duty. All persons associated with Code & Supply are required to avoid conduct that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in Code & Supply.

Roles that may fall under this policy include, but are not limited to, event presenters, speakers, volunteers, paid workers, or contracted staff.

Misconduct Procedures

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply at once.

If a participant engages in inappropriate behavior, the event organizers keep the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the event with no refund or payment, temporarily or indefinitely prohibiting the offender from participating in Code & Supply events or communication forums, or contacting local law enforcement or venue security.

Event organizers may redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible by talking to or emailing event staff. Event staff can be identified by t-shirts. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone.

When taking a report, our staff will make sure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to make sure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise aid those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Email address for organizers: team@abstractions.io


Inclusivity Statement

Adapted from the Dreamwidth diversity statement, CC2.0 BY-SA licensed. https://www.dreamwidth.org/legal/diversity

To all people,

We welcome you.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification. We welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, dilettantes, musicians, photographers, readers, writers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone between. We welcome people who want to change the world, people who want to keep in touch with friends, people who want to learn new skills, and people who want to teach someone their skills. We welcome you no matter if the Internet was a household word by the time you started secondary school or whether you were already retired by the time the World Wide Web was invented.

We welcome you. You may wear a baby sling, hijab, a kippah, leather, piercings, a pentacle, a political badge, a rainbow, a rosary, tattoos, or something we can only dream of. You may carry a guitar or knitting needles or a sketchbook. Conservative or liberal, libertarian or socialist - we believe it's possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. We believe in the broad spectrum of individual and collective experience and in the inherent dignity of all people. We believe that amazing things come when people from different worlds and world-views approach each other to create a conversation.

We get excited about software - from pro to amateur, from scripts to complex operating systems, from the storied engineer-architect who's been doing this for decades to the person who picked up a For Dummies book last week. We support maximum freedom of creative expression, within the few restrictions we need to keep our conference welcoming for other attendees. Being a physical event, we're obliged to follow US, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh laws, but we're serious about knowing and protecting your rights when it comes to free expression and privacy. We will never put a limit on your creativity because it makes someone uncomfortable - even if that someone is us.

We think accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority, not an afterthought. We think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. We believe in being inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the wish to build a community.

We have enough conference organization experience to know that there are inevitably things that fall through the cracks. We guarantee that we have enough hope, energy, and idealism to never stop improving. We may not be able to please everyone, but we can certainly work to avoid offending anyone. We promise that if we get it wrong, we'll listen carefully and respectfully to you when you point it out to us, and we'll do our best to make good on our mistakes.

We think our technical and business experience is important, but we think our community experience is more important. We know what goes wrong when companies say one thing and do another, or when they refuse to say anything at all. We believe that keeping our operations transparent is as important as keeping our attendees, speakers, and sponsors happy.

We won't treat people as second-class undesireables because they're non-mainstream or might frighten sponsors. We care about our sponsors, but our attendees are who we do this for. To us, you're not eyeballs. You're not supportive tweets. You're not demographic groups. You're people.

Come conference with us.


Privacy Policy

This policy adapted from the Automattic privacy policy and is available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license.

TLDR: We don't collect data that we don't need to better serve you

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our organizer team.

Code and Supply Co, LLC. ("Code & Supply") is the entity organizing Abstractions. It is Code & Supply's policy to respect the privacy of any information we may collect.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Code & Supply collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Code & Supply's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Code & Supply's visitors use its website. From time to time, Code & Supply may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Code & Supply does not collect Internet Protocol (IP) addresses directly, but may use analytics software that does. This information will be bound to the privacy policies of those analytics services.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Code & Supply's websites choose to interact with Code & Supply in ways that require Code & Supply to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Code & Supply gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Code & Supply collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Code & Supply. Code & Supply does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Code & Supply may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Code & Supply may display the aggregated and anonymized information publicly or provide it to others. Code & Supply does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Code & Supply discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Code & Supply's behalf or to provide services available at Code & Supply's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Code & Supply's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Code & Supply will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Code & Supply discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Code & Supply believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Code & Supply, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Code & Supply website and you have supplied your email address, and you have opted in to marketing messages, Code & Supply may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Code & Supply and our products and events. Code & Supply takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Code & Supply uses cookies to help Code & Supply identify and track visitors, their usage of Code & Supply websites, and their website access preferences. Code & Supply visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Code & Supply's websites, with the drawback that certain features of Code & Supply's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Code & Supply, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Code & Supply goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Code & Supply may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Code & Supply and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Code & Supply may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and at Code & Supply's sole discretion. Code & Supply encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:


Refund Policy

Refunds will not be given under any circumstances, except for the following:

If you are unable to use your ticket, we recommend one of the following:

  1. Sell your ticket for not more than your purchase price
  2. Give your ticket away to someone you know
  3. Give your ticket to the scholarship pool and be recognized as a scholarship donor

See the ticket transfer instructions for more information. All transfers are subject to availability. Not all ticket types may be transferrable.


Disclaimer of Liability

THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY MADE TO THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES AND TO THE INFORMATION THEREIN. CODE & SUPPLY AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES AT ANY TIME, ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PROFESSIONAL, PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. CODE & SUPPLY AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, LACK OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED WITHIN THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES FOR ANY PURPOSE. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. CODE & SUPPLY AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT CODE & SUPPLY SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, ANY MATERIAL OR DATA SENT OR RECEIVED OR NOT SENT OR RECEIVED, OR ANY TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH A CODE & SUPPLY SITE/SERVICE. YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT CODE & SUPPLY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY THREATENING, DEFAMATORY, OBSCENE, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONTENT OR CONDUCT OF ANY OTHER PARTY OR ANY INFRINGEMENT OF ANOTHER’S RIGHTS, INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT CODE & SUPPLY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONTENT SENT USING AND/OR INCLUDED IN A CODE & SUPPLY SITE/SERVICE BY ANY THIRD PARTY.

IN NO EVENT SHALL CODE & SUPPLY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION Of OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF CODE & SUPPLY OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE CODE & SUPPLY WEB SITES/SERVICES.


Venue of Law

These policies are governed by the laws of the Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.

You hereby irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Code & Supply as a result of this agreement or use of the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services.

You agree to indemnify and hold Code & Supply, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees, harmless from any claim, demand, or damage, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, asserted by any third party due to or arising out of your use of or conduct on the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services.

Code & Supply reserves the right to disclose any personal information about you or your use of the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services, including its contents, without your prior permission if Code & Supply has a good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  1. conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process;
  2. protect and defend the rights or property of Code & Supply or Its affiliated companies;
  3. enforce the User Agreement; or
  4. act to protect the interests of its members or others.

Code & Supply’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of Code & Supply’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services or information provided to or gathered by Code & Supply with respect to such use.

If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.

Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and Code & Supply with respect to the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and Code & Supply with respect to the Code & Supply Web Sites/Services.

A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

To date, Code & Supply has never received a request from law enforcement for user information.


Useful and Emergency Contacts

Local law enforcement

City of Pittsburgh Police - call 911

Non-emergency, call 412-255-2800

Sexual assault hotline

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) - 866-END-RAPE / 866-363-7273 or 412-765-2731

See http://paar.net/get-help/what-should-i-do-first for first steps.

Medical Emergency

Call 911

Taxi and transportation services

We strongly recommend employing Lyft or Uber for your travel needs.

Pittsburgh Yellow Cab - (412) 321-8100

Pittsburgh Classy Cab - (412) 322-5080

PGH311 - File a non-emergency "city bug report"

File at http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form/ or tweet at @pgh311.


Questions or Policy bug reports?

Email organizers: team@abstractions.io