Issue #12004 has been updated by Strand McCutchen.


Matz, 

Can you link to the Postgres Code of Conduct? A quick search brought up a code of conduct for their conference and another draft Code of Conduct, but I couldn't locate the Postgres project's code of conduct in any authoritative way.

You cited two concerns with the language of the Contributor Covenant. Would you be willing to adopt a modified version of the Contributor Covenant which has been edited to reflect your concerns?

There are two sections you don't completely agree with. The first is:

> Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to **remove**, edit, or reject comments[ contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct
How would you prefer that maintainers respond to comments or contributions which are not in the Ruby spirit? For instance, if Zachary Scott filed an issue titled "Aaron Patterson is not so great" and filled it with personal attack against Aaron, should we just file the issue as "won't fix" and move on?

The second section you had a concern about is:

> Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct may be permanently removed from the project team.

How would you prefer that the Ruby project respond to maintainers who do not follow the Code of Conduct? For instance, if Aaron Patterson started harassing Zachary Scott on Twitter, I imagine that another maintainer might reach out to him and say, "Hey, that's not cool. Please stop it." If, after a reasonable attempt at intervening, this behavior was still happening, what consequences, if any, do you think would be appropriate?

I think the situations I painted above are absurdZak and Aaron are two of the nicest people I have met, and they are exemplars of the Ruby community. But the Ruby community is really big now, and adopting a code of conduct which specifies how maintainers will cultivate our community is very important.

Thanks for your time. Respectfully,
Strand

postscript started learning Ruby about five years agoI'd tried many other languages before, and none of them really stuck. Or maybe I just didn't stick with them long enough. Ruby was different though, and maybe the key difference is how many nice people helped clarify the finer points of the language. Today I make my living writing Ruby. Over my years in this community I've noticed a few not-so-nice people in the Ruby community. If Ruby can't adopt a code of conduct which specifies clearly how maintainers will enforce it and how they will be held accountable for their behavior, then I will stop writing Ruby. Not that day, for sure, and probably not for a while, but I'll identify the communities which not only have nice people, but enforce community standards so the not-nice ones aren't tolerated indefinitely, and I'll join them.

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56294

* Author: Coraline Ada Ehmke
* Status: Assigned
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: Yukihiro Matsumoto
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I am the creator of the Contributor Covenant, a code of conduct for Open Source projects. At last count there are over 13,000 projects on Github that have adopted it. This past year saw adoption of Contributor Covenant by a lot of very large, very visible projects, including Rails, Github's Atom text editor, Angular JS, bundler, curl, diaspora, discourse, Eclipse, rspec, shoes, and rvm. The bundler team made code of conduct integration an option in the gem creation workflow, putting it on par with license selection. Many open source language communities have already adopted the code of conduct, including Elixir, Mono, the .NET foundation, F#, and Apple's Swift. RubyTogether also adopted a policy to only fund Ruby projects that had a solid code of conduct in place.

Right now in the PHP community there is a healthy debate about adopting the Contributor Covenant. Since it came from and has been so widely adopted by the Ruby community at large, I think it's time that we consider adopting it for the core Ruby language as well.

Our community prides itself on niceness. What a code of conduct does is define what we mean by nice. It states clearly that we value openness, courtesy, and compassion. That we care about and want contributions from people who may be different from us. That we pledge to respect all contributors regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or other factors. And it makes it clear that we are prepared to follow through on these values with action when and if an incident arises.

I'm asking that we join with the larger Ruby community in supporting the adoption of the Contributor Covenant for the Ruby language. I think that this will be an important step forward and will ensure the continued welcoming and supportive environment around Ruby. You can read the full text of the Contributor Covenant at http://contributor-covenant.org/version/1/3/0/ and learn more at http://contributor-covenant.org/. 

Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.




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