YAPC::NA 2011 • Asheville, NC

Standards of Conduct

Reasonable Person Principle

Reasonable Person Principle is the rule which you must abide by when attending this conference. Put differently, following the Principle is your obligation to your fellow community members.

The Principle was borrowed from irc.perl.org, who use it as the governing principle for access to their network; since it works for a a couple thousand people, we hope it will work for an YAPC Conference with a few hundred participants.

  • Everyone will be reasonable.
  • Everyone expects everyone else to be reasonable.
  • No one is special.
  • Do not be offended if someone suggests you are not being reasonable.

Reasonable people think about their use of these facilities, and the needs of others, and adjust their behavior to meet the goals of a common good for the community, i.e., expressing what you want to say, but accepting and accommodating the needs of others.


The primary purpose for YAPC is for attendees to have fun, network and further educate themselves. To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective we have established certain rules of conduct. By them we seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does it detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the convention. The YAPC Organizing Team welcomes all parties with an interest in Perl; however, the convention’s management reserves the right to deny or revoke the membership of any individual at any time for any reason. The YAPC Organizing Team. also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation. In any dispute, the general rule above will apply. If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizers staff for assistance.


Harassment of any kind, including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome physical attentions, or verbal abuse, will not be tolerated. If people tell you “no” or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.

The YAPC Organizers are not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individual members. In general, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the conference unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the conference itself or if another individual can produce a legal restraining order.

If you feel that a threat exists against your person, we advise you to seek a restraining order against the individual in question and to present it to the chairman in advance of the conference; otherwise, we recommend simply avoiding that individual. If that individual stalks, harasses, or attempts to assault you at the conference itself, you may report that individual to a member of the organizing team and the appropriate action will be taken. Conversely, any attempt to have an innocent person removed from the conference by falsely accusing him or her of threats will be itself treated as an act of harassment and will be dealt with appropriately. The responsibility for settling interpersonal disputes lies solely with the individuals involved, and The YAPC Organizers will not tolerate being used as a leveraging point in such disputes.

Miscellaneous notes

The standards of conduct for YAPC will be strictly enforced by The YAPC Organizing Team and volunteers who will be clearly identified as such on site. If you have any problem with any action taken by a Staff member you may take the matter up with the The YAPC Organizing Team member responsible.

Please be reminded that these rules involve, of course, “worst-case” scenarios and are put into place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. They are also not all-inclusive; in all cases, the Reasonable Person Principle applies. We anticipate no difficulties, as our members as a whole are reasonable and responsible adults. The YAPC Organizing Team is prepared to deal with any or all of the above scenarios in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur. We thank our members for their past cooperation and for their continued assistance in making this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Have fun - just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!