Code of Conduct

We are implementing a 3 strikes system for our regional rules. The first time you break a rule, we will gently explain where you have gone wrong, and remind you to please follow the rules. If you break it again, you will be asked to leave the event or chat you are currently attending. If you break a rule a third time, we reserve the right to ban you from attending regional events with the group and participating in the regional chatroom, as well as the Facebook group. We understand that mistakes happen, but we expect people to make a genuine effort, or suffer the consequences.

1) Calgary NaNo is a G-rated region. In-person discussions, online content (including chat) and social media contributions must be G-rated. Discussion of adult or triggering content is not allowed at in-person OR online events. These topics include but are not limited to: self-harm, suicide, rape/sexual assault, incest, or graphic sex and/or violence.

We understand that writers needs to discuss these things at times. But, please do so away from the main group. As of this year, you may also choose to participate in Calgary NaNo Unfiltered. Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161732187604153/

PLEASE NOTE – Calgary NaNo Unfiltered is designed as a space for our Wrimos where anything goes. It is USER BEWARE for any and all possible adult and/or explicit content. Personal harassment or instigation of illegal activity is NOT ALLOWED but at this point, those are the only rules.

2) Calgary NaNo is a safe space. We have worked hard to make our region a safe and welcoming space for every person who chooses to attend. Every person who chooses to participate in the group MUST use the correct name and pronouns for other Wrimos. In this group, the correct usage ALWAYS refers to those you have been asked to use. We ask that you respect the personal space of other Wrimos, including not looking at screens without permission. Every Wrimo may choose to share about their writing as they see fit.

Obviously, there are other factors that also relate to safety that are too numerous to list here. If another Wrimo does something to make you feel unsafe, please inform a ML immediately and the situation will be dealt with at their discretion.

3) Calgary NaNo has zero tolerance for discrimination. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to discriminate against another Wrimo on the grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or any other factor of diversity that would be protected under the human rights act.

4) You must RSVP for events in November. If you do not RSVP, you may be asked to leave an event, if the room we are in reaches capacity. RSVPs are no longer accepted via Facebook. In order to RSVP, you must comment to the appropriate post on the forums. If you are uncertain how to do this, please ask a ML.

5) Treat our venues with respect. We work hard to have excellent relationships with our venues. To help us with that, we ask the following: Do not arrive more than 15 minutes early unless asked to do so by an ML for any Calgary NaNo events. Do not leave garbage in your area when you leave. Remember that large groups can be difficult for staff, so please be patient with servers. Sit in the seat you want your food delivered to, if you choose to order food. If you have questions regarding venues for our events, please direct your questions to a ML, not the venue. All Calgary NaNo events are held at venues that are accessible to those with disabilities. Most of our venues can accommodate requests regarding dietary restrictions, sensory issues regarding excessive volume etc., or needing furniture moved to accommodate mobility aids. Please ask a ML for details.

6) Respect our group limits on self-promotion. We know that a lot of our Wrimos are trying to make it as professional writers or editors. We also know that many of you are supplementing your income with a variety of small business opportunities. However, we DO NOT allow self-promotion within our group without consent from a ML. No Wrimo may use in-person events to distribute promotional materials, including business cards or event invitations. This is not what Calgary NaNo is for. If there is MUTUAL interest on an individual basis, please discuss exchanges away from the group, but only with explicit consent. Spam of any sort for any reason is grounds for immediate and permanent removal from our group.

7) Self-promotion is still limited if the product is writing related. Each Wrimo is allowed one post per NaNo to promote a novel on our Facebook group but they MUST still have consent from a ML.

8) Writing comes first – During NaNoWriMo season (for our region this is Oct 15-Dec 7 or so) you may not post any content that is not directly related to NaNoWriMo. Your MLs are swamped during this time so unrelated posts will be removed without explanation or warning.

During the NaNo offseason (i.e. the rest of the year), you may post non-NaNo content, but it must be related to writing in some way. After all, that is what we are all here for. Exceptions MAY be made if we feel your content would be of interest to the entire group. However, you must contact a ML before posting each time you feel you have something that should be posted. Prior permission does not carry over. There are many factors that need to be addressed before we know if an event is suitable for our Wrimos. Please help us make an informed choice by getting in touch BEFORE you post.

9) Always remember that NaNoWriMo is a self-challenge. Your word count is something to be proud of no matter how many or how few words you manage. Do not compare yours against anyone else’s, except in the spirit of the friendly competition our region is known for. And just like the movie says…if you don’t have anything nice to say, please don’t say anything at all…even if you’re talking about yourself.

10) Remember, your MLs are here to help. If you have a problem or if another Wrimo make you feel uncomfortable or violates the rules in a way that makes you feel unsafe, please tell a ML immediately. This part isn’t a rule so much as a very sincere request. Obviously, we can’t make you tell us, but if you don’t tell us there is a problem, we cannot help solve it. If you feel like you cannot make it to 50k (or whatever your goal is) and you need some support, cheerleading or help detangling plot problem, let us know. We can be there for you, or find you someone who can if we are too insanely busy. Trust me, you are not bothering us, nagging us or being too needy. We want to see you cross that finish line, darn it. And we want you to feel welcome and safe to do so at all times.