Be nice or leave

Uenoland Code of Conduct

Everyone who comes to Uenoland — attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, wanderers, pirates, troubadours, shark photographers — is required to wholeheartedly agree with the following code of conduct that we will mercilessly enforce, to ensure that Uenoland is a safe and pleasant place to be.

We want Uenoland to be great. We want everyone who comes there to treat others with respect, and be treated with respect themselves. And we will go to great lengths to make it that way.

That’s why we will absolutely not tolerate any kind of harassment.

Harassment can mean a lot of things. For example:

  • Saying things about someone’s gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, that are frankly none of your goddamn business.
  • Voicing your unwanted opinions on someone’s lifestyle choices and practices, for example their diet, health, parenting, drug use, employment, and for that matter anything else about them that really does not concern you.
  • Deliberately misgendering someone, or calling them by a name that belongs to their past, not their present and future.
  • Saying and doing things “of a sexual nature” that you may be under the illusion are perfectly welcome and appropriate but are clearly neither, and which everyone would think better of you if you just, you know, didn’t.
  • Touching people without their consent or after they’ve asked you not to.
  • Threatening someone with violence, inciting violence towards them, encouraging them to self-harm, intimidating them, stalking or following them — basically anything involving violence.
  • Taking unwanted photos or making unwanted recordings of someone, in order to make their life miserable.
  • Repeatedly interrupting people’s conversations or discussions.
  • Showing someone unwelcome sexual attention — or for that matter any other kind of unwelcome attention.
  • Treating someone as if you have a much more intimate relationship with them than you actually do.
  • Persisting in trying to communicate with someone after they’ve clearly asked you to stop.
  • Deliberately revealing without their consent anything about someone’s identity that they wouldn’t reveal themselves in the same circumstances.
  • Posting your private communications with someone without their permission.

If someone harasses you, or if you notice that someone else is being harassed, or if you have any other concerns, please contact Uenoland staff immediately, in person (look for the branded clothing and/or badges) or via email to We will handle all reports in the strictest confidence. (It should go without saying that if you feel like you’re in immediate physical danger you should call 911 first.)

If you experience harassment, Uenoland staff will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you and help you to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

If you yourself engage in bad behavior, we will hunt you, we will find you, and we will take any action we deem necessary, including removing you from the conference without refund.

In short, be good. (Or else.)


Uenoland’s Code of Conduct is partly based on open source policies such as XOXO’s Community Code of Conduct, and (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License).