In light of the recent election and some of the negative events that have happened, we want to reassure you, and at the same time make it clear to all, that we expect the yt community to continue to be a place of tolerance, kindness, and respect for everyone. We will certainly not judge or discriminate against people based on their values, beliefs, political affiliation or lack thereof, lifestyles, life experiences, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. We have a code of conduct, which can be reviewed at http://yt-project.org/community.html , which covers interactions on the mailing list, at in person workshops, on Slack or IRC, and commit messages.
Importantly, we want to make sure you are aware that this tolerance of viewpoints does *not* extend to tolerance of harassing, rude, or intolerant statements or behavior. If any of you experience or witness something along these lines, please let members of the steering committee know. If you have something you wish to report that you would like to remain confidential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will work to address this issue.
For more information, this blog post on the Committee for the Status of Women in Astronomy has suggested actions for when you find yourself to be a bystander: http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2016/11/reflection-moment-importance-of... , including links to other resources.
Based on our experiences with the yt community as a group and individually, none of us anticipate this to be a concern. However, we cannot condemn strongly enough hateful language or actions, and want to take this opportunity to reassure this community that we will not tolerate it in our midst.
yt steering committee