The Perl and Raku Conference

Standards of Conduct


1. Purpose

The Perl Foundation believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior. We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

2. Scope

We expect all event participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

3. Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

4. Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include:

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees.
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability (including presentation slides)
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); 
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention

5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior by other attendees, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of The Perl Conference venues will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If anyone engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.

6. Reporting Incidents

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a member of the Community Affairs Team as soon as possible. If you do not know who these members are, ask any event organizer or volunteer for help. You may also email cat@perlfoundation.org to report an incident if you prefer.

7. Community Affairs Team

The Community Affairs Team (cat@perlfoundation.org) is a group of volunteers who handle Standards of Conduct issue reports, both during conferences and in other TPF spaces year-round.

8. License and attribution

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Contact us at cat@perlfoundation.org.


Please see our document on how to handle incident reports.