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Re: [board-discuss] Fwd: Conference Moderator


+1 

Fine by me.

Charles.

Le dimanche 14 octobre 2012 à 14:58 +0200, Simon Phipps a écrit :
Dear Board,

This proposal has been discussed on the Conference list and is
unopposed. Please will you consider selecting a person to act as
LibreOffice Conference Moderator as described below?

Best regards,

Simon

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: "Simon Phipps" <simon@webmink.com>
Date: Oct 12, 2012 12:48 PM
Subject: Conference Moderator
To: <conference@global.libreoffice.org>

tl;dr summary:  I propose the LibreOffice Conference appoint someone
to oversee inclusiveness and offer confidence harassment will
be addressed in the unlikely event it happens.


Detail
Attending conferences in the USA over the last year, I have frequently
heard requests for conferences to have a policy statement to protect
attendees from harrassment of various kinds by other attendees. My
observation is these policies are hard to draft in a way that is
inclusive to the needs of all attendees and non-alienating; indeed, I
have observed some attempts at such policies themselves unwittingly
alienating groups within the conference. I believe it's important for
the LibreOffice conference that we create a welcoming and safe
environment for all kinds of attendees, so rather than attempting a
detailed policy statement I'd like to propose something different. 


I suggest designating a "Conference Moderator", who can provide a safe
haven for those of us with concerns about some aspect of the
conference and a trusted advocate to take whatever steps are possible
to address problems if they arise. I thus propose the following:
     1. Add a statement such as the following to the conference web
        site: "The LibreOffice community is welcoming, diverse and
        international. This strength can sometimes bring with it
        different approaches to interaction that are unfamiliar and
        even occasionally unwelcome. We all have different comfort
        zone boundaries and many of us find it good to have a friend
        stand along side us when these boundaries are crossed for
        whatever reason.  If there's any aspect of the event that
        makes you feel uncomfortable, and you don't feel you can
        discuss it directly with those responsible or that just
        walking away is an acceptable solution, the Conference
        Moderator will discuss it with you in an accepting manner and
        act on your behalf to bring about a resolution if appropriate.
        For this year's conference, the Document Foundation Board has
        asked <name> to act as Moderator. Please contact <name>
         either in-person or via <e-mail address> or <phone number>.
        <name> is authorised by the Board to take whatever steps are
        necessary to address any inappropriate actions during the
        conference."
     2. Ask the Document Foundation Board to seek and appoint a
        Moderator.
     3. Mention this arrangement in administrative remarks during the
        conference.
I believe this approach balances the need for community oversight with
the recognition of our mutual differences. All the same, I doubt I've
got it right first time and I'd welcome improvements to this proposal.


Best regards,


Simon




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