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

Imifos imifos at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 13:39:40 CET 2015


big +1 for this.

There is just one thing:

I would never do such operation without clear support from the organizers.
It is important (for me) that I can speak with them having their trust,
attention and respect, and not simply being considered a hysterical dump
dora. This project has to become a part of FOSDEM, not just "yet another
play in the gallery".

A part of this, everything is as simple (and even more) as you said...

Thank you!


On 30 October 2015 at 13:31, Pieter Hintjens <ph at imatix.com> wrote:

> Asking for upfront consensus here is not going to work.
>
> Nor do you need it. Those who wish a COC and the (non trivial)
> infrastructure to implement it should make that happen. Simply form a
> FOSDEM COC committee, come to agreement on your text, publish it. Then
> form a group of volunteers who will station areas on the campus. Hand
> each visitor a copy of the COC. Make sure your staff are present full
> time, and do not drink any beer. You can find plenty of safe spaces.
> It should be easy to document any incidents, and provide support in
> case of need to file criminal complaints.
>
> None of this needs agreement from the FOSDEM organizers, does it.
> You're not asking them for any resources, time, or formal spaces.
>
> -Pieter Hintjens
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 1:23 PM, Stephan Eggermont <stephan at stack.nl>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > 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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