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

Stephan Eggermont stephan at stack.nl
Fri Oct 30 13:23:44 CET 2015

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

> Op 30 okt. 2015 om 11:25 heeft Christophe Vandeplas <christophe at vandeplas.com> het volgende geschreven:
> It's funny how some subjects become a repeatable story a few months
> before FOSDEM  .

That is easily explained: there are needs that aren't being addressed. 

A CoC is a way some people hope to address those needs. Other people express doubts that adding a paper statement will have any, or the wished, effect. 

Fosdem is about freedom and openness. Being open to everyone who wants to participate can conflict with freedom to express yourself and the organization creates its own balance in that. 

When looking at the participation, I can see why people feel the need for more inclusiveness. If minorities say they don't feel welcome, and fear harassment, ignoring those feelings and the underlying needs achieves nothing. 

While we cannot meet all needs, we can acknowledge them as valid needs and explain the chosen balance and policy. 

Stephan Eggermont

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