The National Puzzlers' League has gathered to celebrate and enjoy puzzling for over a century. When we meet and share puzzles with each other, we need some boundaries that make sure everyone has a good time. The NPL Code of Conduct exists to define what behavior members should exhibit toward each other and toward non-members in our conventions, online forums, publications, and other interactions, and the consequences if that behavior is in violation of this code. Please read this policy and understand how it applies to you.
When interacting with other members, keep in mind these standards for participation:
If at any time a person makes you feel unsafe, demeaned, or harmed by possible violations of these rules, try addressing it with them if you feel comfortable doing so. If not, or if that doesn't work, you can report the unwelcome behavior to any member of the Code of Conduct Committee, a Board-appointed group that hears and responds to allegations of violations, or by emailing . The Committee may then investigate the allegation. These are sensitive matters, so the Committee may investigate and administer corrective action confidentially. Committee members will recuse themselves if they have conflicts of interest. Although any action that is interpreted as being disrespectful, distracting, or disorderly can be disturbing to others, it may not constitute disruptive or safety-imperiling behavior described by this policy, and may not merit corrective action. Each allegation must be looked at objectively with respect to severity, repetitiveness, and impact on the individual and/or community in determining whether the act violated this policy.
Those who are found to have violated the above rules are subject to the decisions of the Committee. Possible consequences for these violations can include removal from an event, from a convention, or from the organization entirely. If such violation rises to potentially criminal level, the Committee may bring in law enforcement or other authorities. We hope this never happens, but if it does, the NPL's goal is to make sure people are safe and free of harassment. We very much appreciate you helping us make that a reality.
The current members of the Code of Conduct Committee along with contact information for them may be found on the committee's page.
Approved by Membership Vote November 2018. Last revised April 2019. Committee contact information added May 2019. The Code of Conduct may be amended by the Board of Trustees.