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

Emanuil Tolev emanuil.tolev at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 15:20:32 CET 2015


On 30 October 2015 at 14:03, Pieter Hintjens <ph at imatix.com> wrote:

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> If we are going to build infrastructure to help attendees who feel
> they are in trouble, then we should perhaps look at the wider picture.
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> We have people coming from around the world to visit FOSDEM. They get
> into trouble with hotel staff, with taxis, with thieves, with
> strangers on the street who try to con them, and so on.
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> I think some level of emergency hotline would be good. It doesn't need
> to be extensive at first, just a multilingual contact point to which
> we can add knowledge and experience over time.
>

I agree this would be useful, but we might need to add to the idea over
time (scope it, if you will). If something small is organised successfully
we can try more next year.

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> I'd volunteer except on Saturday, as I'm running a devroom and then
> there will be beer.
>
> Happy to take Friday evening/night though, also Sunday if that helps.
>

One of the volunteer app staff admins can probably add it as a task and
then we all register for our tasks as usual (+ this one).

It would be useful to put down a central meeting point for volunteers
interested in this, so that there's a central place reports can come to,
and so the volunteer group can organise each day. I'm inclined to suggest
the desk at K, the only problem with that being that it can be quite
crowded. But it does have a supply room in the back if immediate private
conversation is required, and it's close to the staff room for serious
reports.

Greetings,
Emanuil

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> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 2:41 PM, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> wrote:
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> > On 30/10/15 14:10, Andreia Gaita wrote:
> >>
> >> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro
> >> <mailto:daniel at pocock.pro>> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>     On 30/10/15 13:06, Andreia Gaita wrote:
> >>     > This is not a question of "Why". It's a question of "When". If
> you're
> >>     > asking why, especially in shocked, appaled or sarcastic tones, you
> >>     > seriously should take it upon yourselves to rethink your attitude
> >>     > towards other people and maybe realize that being an unempathetic
> >>     > asshole might work well when you're chugging beers with your
> >>     mates, but
> >>     > doesn't really help towards making the tech environment a place
> where
> >>     > everybody can feel safe and supported.
> >>     >
> >>     > You want to know why a code of conduct is needed? Because of you,
> >>     that's
> >>     > why.
> >>
> >>     You have written about people being unempathetic but I feel this
> >>     conclusion fails to show empathy with the people you are trying to
> >>     convince.  You literally conclude with an "us-and-them" posture.
> >>
> >>
> >> Why would I be empathetic towards people that are being sarcastic and
> >> dismissive of something that has been clearly shown to be important
> >> through countless examples and conversations over the years? Why am I
> >> the one required to be empathetic towards people who apparently don't
> >> think that this is important because it doesn't happen to them?
> >>
> >
> > Because you obviously care about this and that is the effort that
> > leaders sometimes have to make when they want to change something.
> >
> > Also, because it will show how you would negotiate with people in a
> > real-life conflict situation, listening to both sides and gaining their
> > trust, no matter how you feel about it personally.
> >
> > At no point was I trying to defend any of the more ridiculous things
> > that have been said in this discussion.  It is not about showing empathy
> > with such comments but looking behind them to try and work out how to
> > reach the people who made them.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Daniel
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