Community Guidelines

Before attending a Winnipeg Skeptics event, we recommend that you take the time to review our Community Guidelines and our Anti-Harassment Policy.

These loose guidelines are intended to keep our community as welcoming as possible, and are in force at all Winnipeg Skeptics events. If you have any questions or concerns about the guidelines, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  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. No clique-ing and no bullying. Be inclusive and interested in others.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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