Community Guidelines

  1. Ask permission before you photograph anyone or tag them in a post.*

  2. Respect everyone’s boundaries and personal space.

  3. We are who we are: no identity policing.

  4. Respect the organisers, your fellow skeptics, and the venue.

  5. Outing people (as skeptics, atheists, or anything else) is not cool/not okay.

  6. We have zero tolerance for homophobia, bi-phobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, sizism, or hate speech.

  7. Everyone messes up. When you notice it, speak up about it. When you make a mistake, that’s okay: just admit it and learn from it.

  8. Don’t interrupt people’s talks, there is time for questions / criticism after the presentation.

  9. No clique-ing and no bullying. Be inclusive and interested in others.

  10. Understand that while we all embrace critical thinking, we may come to different political, ethical, or philosophical conclusions. (Don’t assume that every skeptic is a liberal vegetarian atheist, for example.) These differences make great fodder for discussions!

  11. Being a skeptic means that we try to be aware of our biases, not that our biases cease to exist. Don’t assume that you’re smarter than non-skeptics. Intellectual arrogance is both unbecoming and unhelpful.

  12. Don’t be more inclined to question others than you are to question yourself.

* For certain public events like SkeptiCamp, in addition to photographs and video of the presentations, we typically take some crowd shots. For events with official photography, if you’d prefer not to have your picture taken, please let the organisers know. If you notice a photograph of you has been posted and you’d like it taken down, send us a message and we will promptly comply. Thanks for your understanding

Brisbane Skeptics are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experiences for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or belief in homeopathy (yes, even homeopathy). We do not tolerate harassment of event attendees or organisers in any form. While some important and relevant issues discussed at events may touch upon sexual issues, please keep all presentations and discussions professional and in an academic context. Explicit sexual language and imagery is considered inappropriate at Brisbane Skeptics events. Attendees or speakers violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, 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, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in behavior that constitutes harassment, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including issuing a verbal warning or expelling the offender from the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event coordinator immediately.

The organisers will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration and before / after the event. We value your attendance.