The Harassment Task Force, a project spearheaded by Josh “Roboticphish” Kassel back in April, has just released some big news after several months of anticipation. On the night of September 11th, Roboticphish shared the completed Super Smash Bros. Community Code of Conduct. His post outlines the committee’s documentation, a FAQ and a “summary of intent and details.” For those who have trouble reading the “legalese” used for the official Code of Conduct, the Task Force has published a condensed, plain-language summary alongside it.
Offenses have been broken down into three levels:
- Malicious discriminatory epithets, verbal abuse and disrespectful out-of-game behavior such as damaging venue property, etc.
- Violent threats, sexual harassment, physical intimidation and targeted abuse such as releasing their publicly available information with the intention of starting a raid of abuse
- Sexual or violent assault, doxing and stalking, etc.
The Task Force has compiled a list of resources and courses of actions for victims and witnesses. To reach the Disciplinary Panel, "all incidents, reports, questions, comments, concerns, etc. must first begin by sending an email to SSB.ConductPanel@gmail.com,” and each email will be reviewed within about a week. Depending on the issue, the Panel might reply with a formal report form. Reports may be submitted anonymously, but only reports submitted by an identifiable victim or with permission on behalf of the victim that seeks punishment can be acted upon.
Going forward, the Disciplinary Panel will be taking an exclusively advisory and administrative role—”reviewing emails, assigning people to Investigations and Appeals, counseling victims and providing resources for both the [Code of Conduct] processes and official legal and victim support” along with having a member act as liaison at participating supermajors in case of incidents at the event. They explicitly state that they are not actually a criminal court, nor do they intend to emulate one. Rather, they are “similar to a civil trial, [whose] job is to find the best possible explanation given all the stories, perspectives, and contexts presented to [them].”
The Harassment Task Force will send a monthly email with a list of bans and their corresponding lengths to all signatory TOs. There will also be an up-to-date Google doc with all the relevant information available. Signatories are expected to uphold bans, but if at least half of them contest a decision made by the Disciplinary Panel, the decision can be revisited. TOs also hold the authority to create their own bans without a ruling from the Panel.
Several events—including The Big House, Genesis, and Shine—already have TOs proudly supporting the new Code of Conduct. If you are or know a TO who is interested in becoming a Code of Conduct signatory, you may find further information in the FAQ portion of Roboticphish’s post.