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Noisebridge is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, housing status, or language. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or space in any form.

The canonical text of Noisebridge's anti-harassment policy is on Github. It is reproduced here for convenience.

Noisebridge is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, housing status, or language. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or space in any form.

In addition, we ask users of Noisebridge to keep in mind the relative social standing of different groups in the United States today. We don't hold that so-called "reverse racism", "misandry", "heterophobia", or "cisphobia" carry the same amount of harm as genuine racism, sexism, &c. Individual Noisebridge members and the Noisebridge community may refuse to act on complaints of harassment or discrimination like this.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, persistent uninvited communication, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Different users of Noisebridge have different levels of comfort about sex and porn. Nobody should be forced to experience sexual or sexualised language or imagery. This does not mean that such material is prohibited, just that such conversations, presentations, &c. should include only interested and consenting people.

When you are working on a sex- or porn-related project at Noisebridge, or are running such an event or presentation, provide reasonable notice and warning to allow others the opportunity to opt out if they wish. With this — as anything else — each person has a responsibility to be considerate of the comfort levels of others. Discussions, projects, and events of this nature should strive to exist in a culture of respect and consent.

People asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

People violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the discretion of any Noisebridge community participant.


If you wish to report harassment anonymously or privately, you can send a message to secretary@noisebridge.net (or contact one of the people who have volunteered as a mediator on the Mediation page).

What is harassment?[edit]

Harassment includes

  • hurtful or offensive comments
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking
  • following
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

A note on sexual harassment

Noisebridge takes sexual harassment seriously and we take women’s voices seriously, because we know that we are more effective as a movement when half of humanity's talent, knowledge, and experience is not ignored or marginalized. Individuals asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to do so immediately. If someone does not stop when asked and you feel safe appealing to the community at large for help, please email noisebridge-discuss@lists.noisebridge.net and bring it up at the next Tuesday community meeting.

On September 24th, 2013, Noisebridge adopted an Anti-Harassment Policy. The policy has a trail period that expires on January 21st, 2014. To participate in the conversation to improve the policy see Anti-Harassment Policy Mutable Markdown.

We are a diverse community and thus it is especially important that we listen to, and respect, each others' boundaries. Additionally, it is our duty as participants of Noisebridge to enforce these standards and put a stop to harassment when we see it occurring. Be aware that an individual who is experiencing harassment may not feel comfortable speaking up--and any individual who is harassing someone is unlikely to respect them enough to be swayed even if they do. It is essential that individuals who witness harassment speak up in defense of those who are experiencing it. If someone at Noisebridge is not being excellent to others, call them out on it. Make it clear that such behavior is unacceptable, and does have consequences in terms of how the rest of the community will view them.


Further reading on how this kind of conflict is dealt with in the Noisebridge community: Community_Standards, Safety, Conflict_Resolution, Mediation