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


Dear Bubli,
thanks so much for you message.
I totally agree with you and I think TDF needs a code of conduct and the
public statement on how to deal similar incidents.

Kind Regards,
--Osvaldo

2017-01-12 12:24 GMT+01:00 Katarina Behrens <bubli@bubli.org>:

> Hello world & BoD,
>
> 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. I have the details, mail addresses etc. and can provide them
> via
> private channel, for obvious reasons I'm not doing that here.
>
> 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."
>
> Let me state very clearly that I don't buy that argument. Just because
> nothing
> bad has ever happened to you/people around you/people around people around
> you/..., just because nobody ever went public with what has happened to
> them,
> we simply can't assume that nothing bad has ever happened at all. Case in
> point, the above incident is at least 5 months old and she only decided to
> come out of the closet *now*.
>
> At the very least, in the absence of "real" code of conduct, a clear and
> concise public statement (in what particular form, I don't quite care)
> should
> be made by TDF that such behaviour ( = harassment, stalking, etc.) is not
> going to be tolerated and the offenders are not going to get away with it.
>
> Related to that, there is no plan of action (or not one that I'd know of)
> how
> to deal with incidents and what steps to take (on mailing lists, IRC,
> social
> networks etc.) when things go wrong. Sure, it's perfectly clear to me that
> those plans don't work most of the time and every case has to be dealt with
> individually (sometimes e.g. hangout featuring both affected parties and a
> mediator is a good solution, sometimes it's the worst thing you can
> possibly
> think of), ...
>
> But again, some public statement by TDF that incidents are going to be
> dealt
> with, we're prepared to act and people are going to be helped when needed
> should be made. It'd make people feel more safe.
>
> I volunteer to be a contact person for those cases (in fact, as you can
> see, I
> already am)
>
> Comments, opinions?
>
> Bub.oO
>
>
>
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