The Highland Fling - Web Standards in Scotland

Code of Conduct

The Highland Fling is an all-ages event for people from many different backgrounds. We expect presenters, exhibitors, and attendees to help make The Highland Fling enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religious or ethnic identity, or ability.

All attendees

Please show respect for all attendees. In particular:

  • Offensive behaviour such as verbal abuse, intimidation, or harassment will not be tolerated.
  • Remember that all our attendees are here for similar reasons, and do not make assumptions about anyone's interests, skill level, or profession based on their appearance or background.
  • Remember that "no means no". If someone asks you to stop speaking about a particular subject, or to leave them alone, please do so.
  • There are many parties associated with The Highland Fling, and these guidelines apply equally there.
  • Please consume alcohol responsibly.
  • Support your friends and colleagues. If you see someone behaving badly, please let them know that you're not OK with it.


Please ensure that your presentation does not stigmatise, alienate, or marginalise any individual or group. In particular:

  • Keep your slide deck G-rated.
  • Anything beyond the occasional mild cuss word is not appropriate.
  • While criticism of software, programming practices, etc, is OK, please try to offer constructive improvements or alternatives as part of your talk.
  • Personal criticism and ad hominem attacks are never OK.


The Highland Fling is an all-ages, mixed-gender event. Please make sure your booth and party can be enjoyed by everyone. In particular, overtly sexualised booths or parties, including "booth babes" or hired entertainers in provocative/sexy attire, are not appropriate.

Please contact us

To discuss any incidents or behaviour in violation of this code of conduct, please contact the organisers, either in person at the event or by email at We will also be assigning a dedicated point of contact on the day.

We will take any complaints seriously, and respond appropriately. Attendees, speakers, or exhibitors who violate this Code of Conduct may be asked to remedy their behaviour, apologise, leave the event, or may be banned from future events.

If you're unsure whether your presentation, booth, or party will be enjoyed by all, please check with the organisers:

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If you'd like to show your support for the conference and contribute to making it happen then we'd love to hear from you, get in touch with us and we can have a chat.