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Re: [board-discuss] Harassment and lack of code of conduct


On Thursday, 2017-01-12 12:24:47 +0100, Katarina Behrens wrote:

it has been brought to my attention that one of our (female) contributors, who 
is also a TDF member (this is why membership committee is in Cc:) has been 
harassed in a private mail by someone who reads development and general user 
mailing list.

This is of course inacceptable.

This is quite a strong incentive for me to bring up the topic that is 
perceived as controversial by many, namely (the lack of) code of conduct in 
the community around TDF and (the absence of) action plan, as for what to do, 
when bad things happen.

The most frequent (and in fact the only) argument I hear when mentioning code 
of conduct, or the fact that TDF has no code of conduct to be precise, is "but 
but but, we're such a bunch of nice guys, nothing bad has ever happened here, 
nobody has ever been harassed, so why bother, why restrict freedom of speech 
preemptively etc."

I agree we'll need such code of conduct. Even if we are (or were?)
a bunch of only friendly people it would be no reason to not have one to
make others feel more safe and secure who are not yet.

Personally I like the Berlin Code of Conduct
which is already supported by various user and hacker groups.

If agreed, I suggest we make a formal decision at Bruxelles during our
meet-ups along FOSDEM.


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