Statement of Purpose

The Fantasyland Institute of Learning Code of Professionalism (FCOP) dictates the terms and conditions under which we allow you to participate in the community.

The purpose of FCOP is to facilitate an inclusive and diverse community of professionals who productively work towards shared professional goals.

In service of this purpose, we do not impose any ideology onto members, nor do we restrict participation based on people’s personal attributes or their behavior in other communities. Instead, we restrict the community to civil individuals and we require that all members refrain from unprofessional behavior.

Welcome Statement

We welcome all civil individuals regardless of any personal attributes they have that are orthogonal to the professional goals of the community.

We pledge that we will enforce the terms and conditions set forth in FCOP, and that we will hold ourselves to these same standards, thereby setting a positive example for others to follow.

Behavior

We permit only civil individuals to participate in the community. We further require that members refrain from unprofessional behavior.

Active Participation

We encourage everyone to assume the best in every interaction; to be open, honest, and empathic in all communication; and to demonstrate politeness and professional courtesy in every situation.

We welcome any closed group of members to engage in any behavior for which there is explicit and unanimous mutual consent. In the absence of such consent, we impose the following restrictions during active participation, which are further clarified by the Glossary.

  • Don’t Discriminate. Do not show or withhold favoritism on the basis of a stereotype.
  • Don’t Harass. Do not interact with anyone who does not consent to the interaction.
  • Don’t Pry. Do not attempt to infer the private content or communication of others.
  • Don’t Shame. Do not shame the personal attributes of others.
  • Don’t Stereotype. Communicate as if every individual were unique.

These requirements on behavior apply to members only while they are actively participating in the community. The standing of members is unaffected by behavior that does not comply with these requirements if this behavior occurs in other communities.

Inactive Participation

During inactive participation, you must behave as required in this section, and as further clarified by the Glossary.

  • Don’t Dox. Do not disseminate personal attributes you learn about members in the course of active participation.
  • Don’t Retaliate. Do not retaliate against members for the resolution or reporting of an incident.

These requirements on behavior apply to members at all times, even when they are not actively participating in the community.

Reporting

Reporting Requirements. Active participation incidents must be reported to us within 15 days by aggrieved members. We will investigate third-party reports at our sole discretion. Inactive participation incidents must be reported to us within 5 years of their occurrence, by members or non-members. Information that any member or non-member believes may affect our view of the civility of individuals may be reported at any time.

Unofficial Resolution. For minor incidents, and only in cases where they prefer doing so, we encourage aggrieved members to speak to accused members directly, using the language of non-violent communication (NVC).

Official Resolution. For official resolution, aggrieved members must contact us, and we will appoint an arbiter. The arbiter will speak individually to all parties, including witnesses, before deciding on a course of action, which will involve rejecting the incident, or accepting it as a violation and imposing a consequence on the violator.

Consequences. Violators may be asked to apologize or to undergo training, counseling, or mediation as a condition of continued participation. They may also be ejected and banned from the community, at the sole discretion of the arbiter. In no case will the consequence exceed banishment, unless the violation is also governed by separate contractual agreements or local laws. We reserve the right to re-evaluate a previously imposed consequence based on new information or a change in community leadership.

Social Rehabilitation. We will only banish individuals for a determined number of years, not to exceed 5 years. Formerly banned parties can be reintegrated into the community through a rehabilitation process determined by us.

Confidentiality. We may publicly share information about any violation that results in banishment, including personally identifiable information on the violator, limited to name and online identities. We will keep other incidents and the identities of aggrieved and accused confidential to the extent this confidentiality is respected by other parties.

Rights

Right to Contact Leaders. Members have a right to clear, up-to-date contact information for use in reporting incidents. Members have a right to accurate estimation of how quickly members will receive a response after an incident is reported.

Right to Know Boundaries. Members have a right to clear communication on the boundaries of the community. In addition, if any regions in time or space are specially exempted from part or all of FCOP, members have a right to clear communication on these exemptions.

Right to Non-Coercion. Members have a right to not be coerced to share private information, make statements, or otherwise perform any function that is not essential for the scope of participating in a given community activity.

Right to Disclosure. Individuals who are banished from the community or who are prevented from participating on grounds of incivility have a right to a high-level written disclosure of the rationale resulting in the decision, including the identity of the arbiter and their relationship to the aggrieved (if applicable), and an anonymized summary of supporting evidence. Such individuals have the right to publicly share this disclosure, provided the disclosure is shared in its entirety.

Right to Unbiased Arbitration. Accused and aggrieved members have a right to the appointment of a balance arbiter, or a neutral arbiter, without preexisting connection to either party, nor vested interest in any particular outcome.

Miscellaneous

Criminal Behavior. FCOP is not intended to supplant laws and regulations of governing jurisdictions, but rather, to impose a set of terms and conditions on membership in a community that goes above and beyond legal requirements. Criminal behavior of any kind should be immediately reported to relevant authorities and dealt with as recommended by such authorities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if criminal behavior also violates terms and conditions of FCOP, we reserve the right to subject such behavior to arbitration.

Disputes of Interpretation. In the event there is a dispute about the meaning of any term or clause in FCOP, we alone will clarify the intent. We pledge to be consistent in our interpretation of any ambiguity, rather than utilizing different interpretations in different circumstances.

Non-Endorsement. In recognition of the pluralistic composition of the community, the community does not endorse the views, values, religions, politics, beliefs, or attitudes of ourselves or of any member of the community. No member ever speaks for or represents the community, and neither do we speak for or represent the community unless we are acting in our official capacities or claim to be doing so (and even then, only for the scope of the task at hand).

Glossary

  • Accused. We define accused as a member who has been attributed a violation by an aggrieved member.
  • Active Participation. We define active participation to include the behavior of members while they are in the boundaries of the community.
  • Aggrieved. We define aggrieved as a member who believes that one or more of the following holds:
    • Discrimination. Someone has discriminated against them.
    • Harassment. Someone has harassed them.
    • Prying. Someone has violated their privacy.
    • Shaming. Someone has shamed them or a group they belong to.
    • Stereotyping. Someone has stereotyped them or a group they belong to.
  • Arbiter. We define arbiter as one or more persons designated by us to resolve an incident report.
  • Behavior. We define behavior to include all and only observable actions of people, and to explicitly exclude all personal attributes.
  • Civil. We define civil individuals as individuals who, in our sole estimation, do not and will not engage in the following behaviors during active participation or inactive participation: criminal behavior, community sabotage, or professional sabotage.
  • Communication. We define communication as any transmission of information between people, including but not limited to verbal, written, electronic, pictorial, gestural, and tactile.
  • Community. We define the community as a group of people with a shared professional interest that exists at some location (online or geographical) and within some span of time. The boundaries of the community are dictated by us, but cannot extend in space or time to any place where we do not have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed consequences on violators.
  • Community Sabotage. We define community sabotage to be any behavior that does have or is intended to have the effect of harming the professional goals of the community, including but not limited to attempting to defund or blackball the community, attempting to disrupt or diminish the activities of the community, and authoring, spreading, or endorsing libel or slander about the community; or encouraging others to do the same. Explicitly excluded from this definition is communication of truthful information regarding the community and truthful criticism on the failure of the community to optimally strive towards its professional goals.
  • Criminal Behavior. We define criminal behavior as any behavior that is illegal under the laws of the governing jurisdiction. Explicitly excluded from criminal behavior is any illegal behavior in which those directly and immediately impacted by the behavior are legally adults and do not consider themselves to be victims (including recreational use of drugs, consensual prostitution, failure of adults to wear seat belts, and the like).
  • Discrimination. We define discrimination as any favoritism shown or withheld to someone on the basis of a stereotype.
  • Doxxing We define doxxing to be the unauthorized dissemination of any personal attributes of identified members learned during active participation and not previously known to the public.
  • Harassment. We define harassment as an interaction with someone who does not consent to the interaction. For interactions of a professional nature, you may assume consent for the first interaction, until the recipient communicates otherwise (examples include handshakes, looking at someone who is speaking, providing feedback). For all other interactions, you must assume non-consent until the person clearly and unambiguously communicates otherwise (examples include persistent gaze at someone who is not speaking, sexual interactions of any kind).
  • Inactive Participation. We define inactive participation to include the behavior of members at all times and under all circumstances.
  • Incident. We define incident as a possible infringement of FCOP.
  • Interaction. We define interaction as any one-on-one communication, physical contact (with person or property), close proximity, or persistent gaze. Explicitly excluded from this definition is opt-in, broadcast-based communication within the community.
  • Members. We define a member of the community to be any civil individual who we allow to actively participate in the community.
  • Personal Attribute. We define personal attribute to be an individual as a whole, or the presence or absence of any individual characteristic, including but not limited to age, body mods, ethnic origin, gender, gender-expression, gender-orientation, intellectual disability, physical appearance, physical disability, presented appearance, race, sex, sexual preferences, sexual-orientation, size, skin color, and strength; attitudes, beliefs, moral systems, personality traits, political views, religions, and values; facts, including address, job title, membership in categories or groups, membership in communities, profession, real name, salary, and type and extent of education.
  • Professional Sabotage. We define professional sabotage to be any behavior that does have or is intended to have the effect of harming a member’s career, including but not limited to attempting to no-platform, blackball, or fire a member; or encouraging others to engage in such behavior. Explicitly excluded from professional sabotage is all harmful behavior that is exclusively motivated by and communicated in terms of the member’s failure to fulfill their professional duties.
  • Prying. We define prying to be any unauthorized attempt to infer the communication of semi-private forms of communication (including phone calls, direct messages, texts, private conversations), or to infer content on private devices or private channels of communication belonging to other members.
  • Retaliation. We define retaliation as the imposition of any negative consequence on a member for their unofficial resolution or reporting of an incident, or for their participation in such resolution or reporting (including participation as arbiter), where negative consequence is defined as any consequence that does or is intended to have the effect of harming the member’s career.
  • Shaming. We define shaming as the communication of the idea that any personal attribute of any person is inferior, including all personal insults and ad hominem. Explicitly excluded from shaming is all communication of the idea that objective, falsifiable statements espoused by a member are inconsistent, unsupported, or falsified, as well as communication of the idea that some personal attributes offer an advantage or disadvantage in obtaining specified measurable objectives.
  • Stereotype. We define a stereotype to be a belief in the presence of a personal attribute of an individual based on their perceived membership in some unrelated or loosely related group or category.
  • Stereotyping. We define stereotyping as communication of a stereotype.
  • Violation. We define violation as an actual infringement of FCOP as determined by an arbiter.
  • Violator. We define violator as an accused member who has broken the terms and conditions of FCOP, as determined by an arbiter.
  • Unprofessional Behavior. We define unprofessional behavior as discrimination, harassing, prying, shaming, and stereotyping during active participation, and doxxing and retaliating during inactive participation.
  • We. We define we to be those who have the actual or legal ability to impose FCOP-prescribed consequences on violators within the physical or virtual boundaries of the community.

License

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