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Code of Conduct

The Pragmatic Artist is committed to providing a welcoming and respectful environment for all participants, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, and/or religion.

ATTENTION: The code of conduct is a living document and is subject to change periodically.

Group Coaching Guidelines

Participants agree to:

Be friendly, welcoming, patient, and kind. Be considerate of others and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow attendees. Please do not assume your fellow participants’ comfort level regarding difficult or contentious conversation topics. When in doubt, check-in!


Be sensitive to the words and behavior you choose.

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior/speech including, but is not limited to: 

  • Deliberate intimidation, including willful disruption of conversations.

  • Intentional and sustained misgendering, or use of "dead" names. 

  • Unwelcome sexual advances or harassment (including via DM)

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices, nutrition/food, health, parenting, relationships, drugs, and employment.


Prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort, and reserve the right not to act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’-isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

  • “Tone policing” - Communication in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial or friendly.

  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior. 

Take care of each other.

Please alert the Coach via email if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress or discomfort, or violations of this code of conduct. Reporters will remain anonymous and are not expected to sit in mediated conversations. If any attendee engages in harassing behavior, the Coach may take any lawful action deemed appropriate, including ending the offender's participation in the workshop.

Guidelines for Compassionate Feedback

Participants agree to follow the guidelines for creating a safe environment that encourages creativity, holds space for vulnerability, and builds trust within the group.

1. Get Consent & Set Boundaries

  • Consent is given as a clear “Yes”, and can be revoked at anytime

  • Listen for “No” (ex. “Not right now”, “I am happy with my choices”)

  • Listen for “Maybe” (ex. “sure”, “I guess”) - Treat “Maybe” as “No”

2. Acknowledgment

  • Start positive, acknowledge and respect their efforts.

  • Share 1-3 favorite things about the piece. 

  • Ask the creator "What’s working for you?"

3. Define the Scope

  • Ask them: “What’s not working for you? 

  • Or ask: “Are you open to feedback about your color choices?”

4. Keep It Short, Simple, and within Scope

  • Limit your feedback to three or fewer points to avoid overwhelm

  • Focus on the BIG important points and avoid nit-picking

  • End Positive - Take care of each other, reiterate what you appreciate

5. Check-in Afterwards

  • Check-in afterward, ask “Does that make sense?”, or “Is this helpful?

  • Remember that art is subjective, to both the creator AND the viewer.

  • Be respectful and back off if your feedback is not well received.

Discord Server Guidelines

No Hate Speech or Bullying
Bullying of any kind isn't allowed. Degrading comments about things like race, religion,
culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity are not tolerated. All hateful comments
will be deleted.

No Fundraising
Do not post links to a fundraiser site like GoFundMe for any reason. These posts will be
removed when found.

No Promotions or Spam
Unless in specially sanctioned channels, self-promotion, spam, and irrelevant links and
shares aren't allowed. This includes sharing a Post from your personal or business
Page. Promotional links or Posts will be deleted without warning. Promoting your
tutorials, Youtube channel, Discord channel, live-stream, or paid products/services can
only be done with permission from a moderator.

Not a Dating App
We don’t know how else to put this, but this is not a dating app. Please do not sneak up
in DMs or flirt/creep with other members of our server.

Report Problems and Mediation

Please alert the workshop host(s), Rachel, and or the Discord server moderator \(DM @hosts) to posts and comments in violation of the rules.

This Pragmatic Artist Code of Conduct policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license and based on the Code of Conduct used by Wayward Retreats,  XOXOfest, and ORDcamp.

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