Sensu Community Guidelines

Code of Conduct

Sensu is dedicated to providing a fun, harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.


As a member of the Sensu community, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • Be kind and welcoming to others.
  • Respect personal space and ask before you enter it. Remember not everyonelikes to be touched or hugged or joked with.
  • Be mindful of language. Do not disparage others. Listen more than you talk.
  • Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, comments or behavior are not appropriate in our Community.

Sensu in-person and online events are intended for networking and collaboration in the monitoring community. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave any event we host without a refund at the sole discretion of the event organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming place for all.

Important numbers

Conference staff is happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

If your physical safety or the physical safety of others is at risk, please dial or text 911. For other needs, contact the relevant authorities below:

Full Code of Conduct

In order to foster an inclusive, kind, harassment-free, and cooperative community, Sensu enforces this code of conduct on our software projects and events. To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, and volunteers at any Sensu activity are required to read and follow this Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we, as contributors and maintainers, pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

At events, exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should never use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a negative environment include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission

Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience, including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any time in our community, including presentations.

Our Responsibilities

Project contributors are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Project contributors have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.


The team leading the Sensu Community and enforcing its Code of Conduct recognize that most participants mean well, but may not be familiar with behaviors that can harm others unintentionally. The following includes recommendations to be effective and thoughtful participants.

Be kind to others

Kindness is about providing people what they need. It’s best to start by listening to others more than you speak. From there, it is all about providing people with a sense that they are welcome. Here are some ideas of how to do that: invite someone to your lunch table; smile at an attendee; introduce yourself to someone new; and sit with folks you’ve never met. Encourage others to share.

Respect personal space

Respect others’ boundaries. Respect personal space and ask before you enter it. Remember not everyone likes to be touched or hugged. If you are a hugger, it is respectful to directly ask (“I’m a hugger. Would you like a hug?”).

Beware of gendered double standards

Be conscious of your behavior reinforcing one set of introductions for women and a different set for men. If you shake people’s hands when you meet them, offer to do so consistently regardless of gender. If you hug people when you meet them, offer to do so consistently regardless of gender.

Be respectful

Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; unwanted physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Choose your words

Be thoughtful with the words you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing can be off-putting to those around you. When you want to bring up topics that may relate to past trauma, mention the appropriate trigger/content warnings (if necessary, read more about trigger warnings).


It’s always nice to ask before taking a photo. If someone does not want to be photographed, video or audio recorded, please respect their wishes.


This Code of Conduct began as an adaptation of Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at It was influenced by Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative under a Creative Commons Zero license. We also used language about events from the Conference Code of Conduct by