Code of Conduct

Web & Interactive Media Professionals (WIMP) brings together people from all walks of life who work with digital media. WIMP has members at all skill levels in a variety of disciplines.

The WIMP Code of Conduct outlines our shared ideals and values. This document expresses how we hope to make these ideals real at our events and in our online forums. Our goal is to ensure that all participants can freely and openly share ideas in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration.

Come for the Knowledge, Stay for the Community

WIMP exists for the benefit of the community. We want all participants to have an awesome experience, both online and offline.

The purpose of this document is not to restrict the diversity of ideas and expression in the WIMP community; rather, its purpose is to raise awareness of the potential for actions that could alienate valuable members — and potential members — of the community.

We are Considerate

WIMP is a multidisciplinary community that attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated and encourage everyone to consider both the impact of their actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences and the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense.

We are Welcoming

One of the greatest strengths of the WIMP community is our inclusiveness. Making all people feel welcome and included in WIMP is everyone’s job.

We are Respectful

All of us should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or level of expertise.

WIMP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Harassment includes sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

We are Collaborative

If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out constructively between themselves whenever possible. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect.

When We Disagree, We Consult Others

If people are unable to work out issues between themselves, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a mutually trusted third party or a designated community volunteer to help mediate.

For WIMP events, we have appointed a visible community member for this role:

Melissa Geissinger, President & COO (

When We Need It, We Ask for Help

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify a WIMP leader. Likewise, please immediately notify a WIMP leader if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behavior.

If the matter is especially urgent, please contact any of these individuals:

Melissa Geissinger, President & COO (
Cole Geissinger, CTO (
Randy Hall, CMO (

Above all, the WIMP leadership team wants everyone to feel safe while at our events and in our forums. If necessary, WIMP leaders are empowered to take appropriate actions that may include, but are not limited to, warnings, expulsion from our events without refund, banning from our forums, and referrals to venue security or local law enforcement.

We’re All In This Together

Thanks for making WIMP awesome for everyone!

The WIMP Code of Conduct is based on the LibrePlanet Anti-harassment Policy and the Drupal Code of Conduct with additional support from the community authored Geek Feminism Wiki Code of Conduct as of July, 2014. This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and is available for others to use and adapt for their own communities and events.