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

Achim 'ahzf' Friedland mailinglists at ahzf.de
Fri Oct 30 13:55:12 CET 2015

Am 30/10/15 um 13:18 schrieb Dave Neary:
> * "Call 112" is *not* an appropriate response to most of the incidents
> that can be reported (racist or sexist behaviour, for example, or forms
> of harrassment that do not break the law). A code of conduct arms
> organisers with a process to follow, and gives attendees a clear avenue
> to appeal to if there are serious issues

Well, if s.th. does not break any law, "just" some lines of text which
is not accepted by the vast majority of participants, the CoC itself
becomes a harassment tool as no one will be able to go any court trying
to proof, that he/she did not do anything wrong. And this possibility is
the central idea that makes our society a constitutional state, no our
laws in the first place.

Nevertheless, I think most people have good intentions when they are
trying to setup a CoC... just... daily life is so much more complex than
what most CoCs are able to cover, and they should not end as additional
"laws" just to make people "feel better". The law as we know it, stands
above any kind of "feelings".


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