Creative Guidelines (Connection, Credit, Compensation)
Connection: Curators should find ways provide opportunities for artists to communicate with each other. This promotes friendships, networking, learning, and fulfillment. When collaborations take place, participants should be able to know who they are working with and should not be denied opportunities to discuss with their team.
Credit: Everyone should display clear attribution of another’s work. No one should imply that a piece of art was entirely made by them when that is not the case. Assets should be presented along with the associated artist name and, when applicable, the socials of the creator. Exceptions apply when the creator wishes not to spread that information. When in doubt, ask the original author how they wish to be credited.
Compensation: Anyone demanding work from another is expected to offer reasonable appreciation in return, which can take many forms. Volunteer work should not be coerced or exploited unfairly. It’s understood that not all projects generate enough revenue to pay everyone involved. As a general rule, individual organizers should not be profiting disproportionately. Unpaid positions, especially scheduled work resembling a job, should not be pushed onto creatives.
Diversity Guidelines (Acceptance, Access, Anti-Aggression)
Acceptance: Acceptance goes beyond inclusion. It not only asks that people of various backgrounds be invited, but also ensures that they are free to express themselves without pressure to conform to an arbitrary expectation. Curators should not be drawing from a pool of homogeneous people for programming and promotion. Nor should they be exerting control over others to make them more normative to their own cultural background.
Individuals should not take excessive space or emphasize their own voice on issues that don’t apply to them. Listen to marginalized groups first in discussions about marginalization in the scene.
Access: All should consider how we can make spaces and events as accessible as possible. We should also avoid building a culture that indirectly excludes minorities. To give examples: Text-based content should be conveyed in readable fonts, sensitive or over-stimulating content should be preceded with warnings, sexual content should be inaccessible to minors, and so on.
Anti-Aggression: We must actively push out unwarranted aggressive behavior. Harassment, bigotry, and prejudice are all unwelcome. This includes booting those who display explicit slurs and obvious hate, as well as repeated smaller aggressions that perpetuate harmful stereotypes. As staff, we’re not going to tone police people, and we won’t accept tone policing.
Community Guidelines (Consideration, Honesty, Privacy)
Consideration: It’s important to consider circumstantial and emotional influences when interacting with others and reacting to their choices. Rules and expectations do not justify cruelty when exceptional forces hinder one’s ability to abide by them. The phrases “Facts don’t care about your feelings” and “Man up” are not welcome here either.
Honesty: Truthfulness is core to a functioning community. Deceiving others is unwelcome. This includes changing one’s digital identity to evade moderators or scamming creatives for their work.
Privacy: Personal lifestyles are personal. Do not violate others’ privacy regarding their consensual sex lives, location, religious affiliation, and so on. Conversations about these topics are welcome and OK. Invasiveness, obsessiveness, doxxing, harassment and conversion-oriented behavior is not.