[FOSDEM] It's time for a Code of Conduct

Imifos imifos at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 10:28:35 CET 2015

> even if nobody is able to enforce a code

We need indeed to have a dedicated team of a few educated, open-minded and
"experienced-in-negotiation" people that are present, easy "findable" and
having the "power" to intervene - or just show presence. Then we need a
clear communication to the attendees.

> there is not enough consensus to have one

There is absolutely no need for consensus. The only thing that is needed is
a word of power from the FOSDEM core team, followed by someone the core
team trusts that handles this aspect.

Easy peasy :-)



On 30 October 2015 at 10:19, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> wrote:

> On 30/10/15 09:44, Sanel Zukan wrote:
> > Tom Marble <tmarble at info9.net> writes:
> >> FOSDEM Organizers:
> >>
> >> FOSDEM is a fantastic conference and the only thing I can
> >> think of that would make it better is publishing a Code of Conduct:
> >>
> >> http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2015/02/01/the-fosdem-conundrum/
> >>
> >> https://twitter.com/fosdem/status/561885201383821312
> >>
> >> Will the FOSDEM 2016 edition have a CoC?
> > -1
> >
> > I think this should be done per room/project basis if admin prefers so I
> > can choose whether to participate in that room or not. Your links are
> > jokes (open statement and a joke) and if you have issues with them, I
> > believe you are not familiar with cultural differences or not
> > understainding writer intentions.
> >
> > Some cultures has really open joke format just as some cultures are
> > using cursing words openly, so should I be offended if someone mention
> 'f*ck'
> > because his/her projector is not working or because he tried to visually
> > explain his problem?
> >
> > FOSDEM is open conference and if CoC (good name btw) is going to be
> > enforced, what to expect in a years after that? Dress code or shaved
> > faces, because someone finds that offending?
> The "E" in FOSDEM is for Europe, so it is probably not reasonable to
> suggest FOSDEM needs to find a way to make behavior from every region of
> the world compatible, just attempting to suggest what it is for the
> standards that residents of European countries expect is enough.
> It is all very well to give examples of where a code of conduct "worked"
> or was "used" for something.  It is not hard to find just as many
> examples (both conferences and workplaces) where people have violated
> such codes (and possibly even the law) and the people responsible have
> covered it up or talked their way around it because it wasn't convenient
> to enforce the code or the law.
> So the real question is, if there is a code of conduct, who is going to
> enforce it and how?
> I'm not arguing for or against the code itself, I would just like to see
> people talk about
>  (a) what is the problem they are trying to fix,
>  (b) what they will actually do about it (and what are alternatives) and
>  (c) how FOSDEM will be better as a consequence.
> However, even if nobody is able to enforce a code or there is not enough
> consensus to have one, it would be useful to give a statement about the
> principles that we value and agree on.  That is all it is, a statement
> of a principles, not some new law that somebody is going to try to
> enforce.  Such statements help to remind people and give them a point of
> reference and simply repeating such things often enough (like
> advertisements for fast food) can have an effect in the long term.
> There are other ways to approach these issues too, such as recognizing
> people who do positive things to make FOSDEM and our industry more
> pleasant to participate in.
> Regards,
> Daniel
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