Code of Conduct


Gold Coast Skeptics Inc. events are organised so that everyone can have a good time. We welcome people from all backgrounds (such as ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race or age). We want everyone to feel comfortable in that environment, and ask that everyone who attends our events respects this diversity.

Accordingly, we require all attendees, presenters, organisers and volunteers at Gold Coast Skeptics Inc. events to note and comply with the following code of conduct:

  • Be polite and respectful. We encourage spirited discussions about all kinds of potentially controversial topics, but always be courteous.

  • No hate speech, vilification or promotion of violence.

  • No intimidating or threatening behaviour of any kind – physical or verbal.

  • No harassing, photography or recording.

  • No sexual images in public/ virtual spaces.

  • No deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.

  • No unwelcome sexual attention.

  • During presentations, don’t be disruptive. In the context of a virtual space, this means spamming the chat.

Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour will not be tolerated.

If asking a question:

  • Avoid comments and keep your questions short.

  • Most presenters will be available for a chat during/after their talk, but don’t monopolise them and consider others.

The Gold Coast Skeptics Inc. reserves the right to exclude entry to or remove any person who breaches this code from the event in question without a refund, and to exclude that person from attending future ASI events. In the context of a virtual space this may mean temporarily or permanently blocking comments/participation from the participant, or removing them from the event all together (see below). We will report illegal conduct to the police.


The YouTube chat and Slido questions will be moderated. If comments/questions are deemed to break the conference code of conduct, the moderators reserve the right to remove the message and commenters from the chat.

Should comment/s be deemed inappropriate, we will follow a three-strike rule.

  1. Comment will be removed, and a warning sent to commenter

  2. Comment will be removed, commenter put in a 5 min time out, additional warning issued

  3. Comment will be removed, and commenter will be removed from the chat for duration of conference


We will be moderating the chat at all times. All of the moderators will have a spanner icon next to their names on the YouTube chat. 

You can contact the conference committee members via email at We also encourage you to take screen shots of the behaviour in question and attach to the email.

We assure you that your concerns will be taken seriously and treated with respect. Coming forward does not mean you  have to make a formal complaint and anything you raise will be kept confidential if you wish.