You may not have noticed, but about a month ago, we adopted some conference policies. This step was encouraged by a friend and member of the open hardware community, Lenore of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, and we happily complied. Luckily, the folks at the Ada Initiative made it easy for us – they have example drafts of conference policies pretty much ready to go. We’ve never had an issue at the OHS before, but this is in place for the same reason some of us have health insurance – just in case. It basically says “be excellent to each other, and if you aren’t, you may be asked to leave”. So while the Ada Initiative wrote and encouraged adoption of policies targeted towards preventing harassment of women, these ground rules apply to everyone.
Oh, and if you’ve never seen Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (the source of this quote and image), you should ;-).