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BookBeez Hive Code of Conduct


BookBeez is a Mastodon Instance for authors to come together with friends and readers in one accessible, all genre inclusive, and welcoming community.


The BookBeez Hive is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone; therefore, we will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form, regardless of gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.


Some books may be political, but this is NOT the place for political debates!


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If someone asks you to leave them alone, leave them alone.


Unacceptable Behavior


The following behaviors are not welcome anywhere in the BookBeez Hive: offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.


Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.


Harassment and unacceptable behavior 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 behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate without a sensitive content “CW” content warning.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*kisses*” 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.
  • 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 or whereabouts without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Deliberate revealing or “outing” of legal names of authors using pen names.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Publishing any individual's address, phone number, or other private identifying information without consent.
  • Sexual depictions of children.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including sharing sexual content with specific users without consent.
  • Gratuitous sexual images or behavior without a content warning.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication without consent.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Continued communications with someone who's asked that you leave them alone.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including but not limited to those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

The following behavior is not allowed on the public timeline:

  • Members may not lock their accounts.
  • Graphic violent or sexual content without a content warning such as “sensitive content” in a “CW” content warning. “CW” stands for “Content Warning.” You can use it to hide your toot's text and image behind a warning.
  • No story/book spoilers. Have a question about something you’ve read? Ask the author through private message (the globe beneath your toot: click on “Direct: post to mentioned users only.”
  • Gratuitous advertising or spam. It's fine to promote your work, but it shouldn't be the bulk of what you share. We encourage authors to share milestones, releases, award, quotes, character bios, etc., as well as their advertisements.
  • This is NOT A REVIEW SITE. Please leave book reviews on the site from which you purchased the work, such as Amazon, Apple iTunes, and B&N.

Known Harassers:

The admins may ban or silence users whom we know to be social media harassers or abusers, even if they have not violated the rules of this Instance. The mere presence of a harasser can make past or potential victims uncomfortable, and it can put potential victims who are unaware of the person's history in particular danger. Users are encouraged to individually mute, block, and/or report accounts they don't want to see, but at our discretion, we may take the additional step of blocking or silencing someone Instance-wide if we believe they endanger the safe and welcoming space we're trying to maintain.


Reporting


The current admins are:

Pletcha PJ Webb

Lynn Lamb


If necessary, we will invite others to participate as admins.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the admins. They'll respond as promptly as they can.


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. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative prior consent.


Consequences


Participants asked to stop any harassing or inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the admins may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the BookBeez Hive and identifying the participant publicly as someone about whom we've received complaints.


If a post breaks any law, or refers to a law being broken, it will be sent to the proper authorities and the poster immediately expelled.


Codes of Conduct are subject to change. We retain the right to refuse or terminate users at any time without prior warning and/or explanation.


Credits and License


The BookBeez Hive Code of Conduct is based on Wandering.shop, based Annalee Flower Horne's Sample Slack Code of Conduct, which is in turn based on Geek Feminism's Community Anti-Harassment Policy.