The Hackspace is a safe space, and the board feel clarifying what is and
isn’t acceptable will help keep the space safe and usable to everyone as
the membership increases in size. To help in this, we have prepared the
following code of conduct, with the intention of it replacing Rule 1
http://wiki.hacman.org.uk/Hackspace_Rules#Rule_1:_Don.27t_be_a_dick as of
the 1st of February 2016.
Please provide feedback here about the document so that we can improve it.
Modifications are encouraged, but must be justified and commonly agreed
upon by the membership.
on behalf of the Board
Hackspace Manchester Code of Conduct
This code of conduct applies in the Hackspace, in all Hackspace
communication channels, and when you are representing the Hackspace at
We want to be inclusive; do not engage in homophobic, racist,
transphobic, ableist, sexist, or otherwise exclusionary behavior. Do not
make exclusionary jokes. Don’t even make them “ironically”.
Don’t harass people. Physical contact or sexual attention without
consent is harassment. Dressing or acting in a certain way is not consent.
Aggression and elitism are unwelcome - knowledge is not a competition.
Although alcoholic drinks are allowed in the space, there is no
expectation or pressure to drink alcohol or conversely not to drink
alcohol. However, those who are obviously intoxicated will be asked to
leave the space.
We’d rather you ask about gender than assume, and if you get it wrong,
apologise. Mistakes happen, however you should always use the person’s
preferred pronouns when addressing or discussing them.
People’s private lives are their own. Do not share details about others
that they have not explicitly made public. This includes, but is not
limited to sexuality, gender, medical conditions, housing, relationship or
Discussion of how to make our hackspace more inclusive is welcome.
Claims that this “has gone too far” aren’t.
If you have any concerns about someone’s behaviour please let us know
either in person, or by emailing email@example.com. If you do not wish
to email the whole board, individual board members can be contacted via