Code of conduct

As an aspiring analytics community, we are proud of our smart, genuine and supportive members, helping the community to thrive.

 

Being a part of the GTA DataTech community means you are connected to the brightest analytics professionals, learning from each other and contributing to the community to thrive new ideas. We want to highlight that it is an absolute priority for us that all participants feel comfortable in this channel and appreciate to be a part of it. Therefore, we have created a Code of Conduct to make sure that everyone understands how to participate in our community in the best way. 

As our member, we are expecting you to be abiding by this Code of Conduct. 

 

The Code of Conduct is made out of 3 different sections:

  1. GTA DataTech Values

  2. Community Guidelines

  3. Anti-Harassment Policy

 

GTA DATATECH VALUES

 

CURIOSITY 

This is one of the drivers why you are joining the community. Keep the curiosity to learn and to challenge your current view. Like Albert Einstein once said ‘The mind that opens to a new idea never returns’ to its original size.

Don’t be shy to ask questions and don’t be afraid to help. The community is built to get people engaged in interesting conversations and that is how most of the greatest ideas started…..question, question, question….

​CREATE VALUE

While you will benefit from the community, you should strive to contribute to the community and help others thrive. You can do this by actively participating in discussions and share your learnings within the community. Also, you can use the opportunities channel to share events or any interesting activities that the community can benefit from. 

INCLUSIVENESS

It is not a secret anymore that most innovative teams are based on diversity. A team made out of the different race, gender, nationalities, ideologies with diverse academic, professional and social-economic backgrounds always perform better than a less diverse team. 

Be open-minded and embrace the opportunity to be connected with diverse individuals. 

 

Some points that remind you to be more inclusive

  • Make everyone feel welcome 

  • Encourage everyone to participate 

  • Show empathy and be mindful of what you are saying 

 

RESPECT

We want to ensure that everyone in this community feels welcome. We do not tolerate any kind of behaviours that are disrespectful and cause harm to our community. We expect everyone to follow the Code of Conduct. If you are not able to abide by the Code of Conduct, we friendly ask you not to join our community or we will remove you from the community. 

 

 

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

PARTICIPATING IN SLACK

This community is created for data practitioners to share ideas, to discuss their work and technologies, and to serve as a learning platform. It should not be used as a source for lead generation for vendors or recruiters. 

While vendors play an important role in our community by answering questions about their products, it should not be seen as a sales-channel. 

The best way to offer genuine help, if you see a problem has been mentioned that your product or service can help them to solve it, is to start a thread and give them the choice to directly message you to get more information on the product. Example: ‘I work for x company and I think our product/service could help you solve the problem. Feel free to PM me for more information.’

We encourage the community to share job opportunities but it cannot be used as a platform for recruiters to generate leads. For example, you should not directly reach out to community members to recruit them for a role, however, you can post the JD in our #opportunities channel and offer them to reach out to your directly if they are interested in the role. 

VENDOR PARTICIPATION

Since technology also plays an important role in our community, we do not want to restrict the participation of technology vendors but kindly ask vendors to adhere to the following rules and guidelines, so the community can benefit from your input without feeling involved in a sales conversation.

Rules:

  • No constant promotion of your product/service as in vendors dominating the conversations that are leading back to their products/services. 

  • If you are a vendor or an employee of a vendor-like entity, we ask you to make it visible in your slack profile, so people will understand your potentially biased position 

  • No direct-sales messages should be sent to any of the members in the community. We welcome members to direct-message you if they want to learn more about your products but we do not want to see our members getting a lot of sales spams. 

Guidelines

  • Respect other vendors’ products and do not make any disrespectful remarks. We welcome constructive discussions about the differences and features but do not want to see any vendors bad-mouth their competitors’ technology.

    • Note that this does not apply to non-vendors. You have the right to express your opinion if you had a bad experience or were not satisfied with the technology.

  • Vendors are asked not to promote their own products unless there is a very clear use-case the community can benefit from. If you see a question about what tools to use to solve a particular problem, stay constructive and give the person an overview of what products are out there and make it clear for which company you are working for. Then you can offer to privately message you to further discuss. Simply telling them to check out your product should be avoided.

  • Vendors should take any sales actions and directly message any members of the community. Let the members decide themselves if they want to directly speak to you to learn more about your products. Constantly direct-messaging community members do not only violate our rules but also put yourself in a bad spotlight. 

If you observe anyone violating these rules or guidelines (or you just see something that makes you uncomfortable or you believe is hurting the community), please reach out to our admin team and or send us an email (gta email) and we will address the problem.

GUIDELINES VIOLATIONS - 3 STRIKES METHOD

The point of our guidelines is not to find opportunities to punish people, but we do need a fair way to deal with people who do harm to our community.

  1. First occurrence: Public reminder that the behaviour is inappropriate according to our guidelines.

  2. Second occurrence: Private message warning that any additional violations will result in removal from the community.

  3. Third occurrence: Depending on the violation, it might result in account deletion or banning.

Notes:

  • Obvious spammers are banned on the first occurrence. This is necessary to keep the community free of spam.

  • Violations are forgiven after 6 months of good behaviour, and you can rejoin our community with no grudges holding against you. 

  • People who are committing minor formatting/style infractions will get some education, rather than hammering them in the 3 strikes process.

  • Extreme violations of a threatening, abusive, destructive or illegal nature will be addressed immediately and are not subject to 3 strikes.

  • Contact [gta email] to report abuse or appeal violations. Mistakes can happen, if there is a case of appeal we will investigate the case to correct the situation. 

  • In the case of appeals, we know that mistakes happen, and we’ll work with you to come up with a fair solution if there has been a misunderstanding.

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ANTIHARASSMENT POLICY

We will not tolerate any kind of harassment in our community and the person who initiated the harassment will face the ultimate consequence to be removed from the community. The following list is not exhaustive and we expect from all members to use their common sense to spot behaviours that are offensive and hurtful to the community. Please note that harassments are not subject to the 3 strikes method, and offenders will be removed from the community directly. 

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.

  • Threats of violence.

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.

  • Deliberate intimidation.

  • Stalking or following.

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.

  • Sustained disruption of discussion.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

  • The pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

GTA DataTech prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The GTA DataTech Team reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”

  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial

  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behaviour or assumptions

 

REPORTING

If you are being harassed by a member of GTA DataTech, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the GTA DataTech Team at [email address or another contact point]. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

 

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of GTA DataTech members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

CONSEQUENCES

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, GTA DataTech Team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all GTA DataTech spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other GTA DataTech members or the general public.

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