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

Deb Nicholson deb at eximiousproductions.com
Sat Oct 31 15:04:19 CET 2015


I believe the point of convening an event like FOSDEM is to promote and
grow the free software movement. That means being slightly more
collectively welcoming than is minimally required by law, which is what a
Code of Conduct helps us do.
On Oct 31, 2015 1:36 AM, "Jens Finkhäuser" <jens at unwesen.eu> wrote:

> Mostly the way society should deal with these things: start a dialogue
> about why behaviour was unacceptable, and assist the victim in filing
> charges if they want to.
> Maybe the problem word is "enforce"; but helping out is rarely as
> difficult as people make it seem. It does require the community's
> agreement, however, otherwise the volunteer has a whole new set of problems.
> When it comes to sufficiently bad behaviour, as people have pointed out,
> the police will have to be called. This might happen not just if laws are
> broken, but also of university regulations are violated. But to get to this
> point you need people in charge of executing this kind of process, which is
> where the "staff to enforce stuff" come in. Leaving it up to the victims is
> not sufficient.
> On 30 Oct 2015 6:25 p.m., Pieter Hintjens <ph at imatix.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Jens Finkhäuser <jens at unwesen.de>
> wrote:
> >
> > >   Therefore, the code must be just explicit enough for FOSDEM staff to
> > > be comfortable having someone else try to enforce it...
> >
> > All makes sense until you say "enforce." How would you do that?
> >
> > -Pieter
> >
> > !DSPAM:1,5633a85330778104412067!
> >
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