Code of Conduct

Butterscotch Shenanigans is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and jerk-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of community members, or Butterscotch Shenanigans staff, in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Butterscotch Shenanigans (“Bscotch”) spaces, including but not limited to the BscotchID forums, the official Bscotch Discord server, the Bscotch contact system, the Crashlands Creator, and any other Bscotch-sponsored social or user-generated-content spaces, and real-life events. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be temporarily or permanently sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of Community Enforcers, which include Butterscotch Shenanigans staff, staff-appointed or community-appointed Moderators, or automated systems.

Some Bscotch spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour  in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence, deliberate intimidation, and stalking.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

Someone can still be a jerk even if they aren’t harassing someone. Unfortunately it’s more difficult to define in a global way, so please use good judgement and good faith when you interact with people. If someone thinks you’re being a jerk, take a moment to self-reflect and start by assuming you’re in the wrong.

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the Butterscotch Shenanigans community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please use built-in systems to report and act on that harassment. If existing systems are insufficient or ineffective, contact us at http://contact.bscotch.net. If the person who is harassing you is one of the Community Enforcers, they will be recused from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to Butterscotch Shenanigans spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Bscotch community outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Bscotch community members, especially Community Enforcers, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the Butterscotch Community based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Bscotch community spaces and behavior towards people who are not in the Bscotch community.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Bscotch community members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

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

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Community Enforcers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Butterscotch Shenanigans community spaces, identification of the participant as a harasser to other Bscotch community members or the general public, and permanent deletion of data (including game data) stored using Butterscotch Shenanigans services.