Issue #12004 has been updated by David Celis.


Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
> David,
> 
> Thank you for the offering. I appreciate your intention to help the community.
> 
> I understand the importance of declaration of our intention against harassment (therefore having kind of CoC).
> But I don't believe that much in (yet another) organization/committee to manage community well.
> I am afraid legit rules, especially with enforcement, and committee according to it can easily bring bureaucracy, which I hate.
> 
> Matz.

I certainly understand your worry. I can tell you that (in my experience, at least) once a Code of Conduct is in place, the need to enforce it is rare. Simply having the document in place is itself extremely important. As an example, the Portland Ruby community adopted a Code of Conduct a couple of years ago, and several people volunteered to enforce it if necessary and formed a Code of Conduct committee with the approval of the majority of the community. Since then, I can think of only one time that the committee had to take action on someone for violating the Code of Conduct. Even then, this was an extreme case and the individual in question was harassing many women and making them feel unsafe. The Code of Conduct committee took every available opportunity to have conversations with this individual and decided that his behavior would not change. The enforcement of the Code of Conduct was extreme because this individual was extreme, and that is how I feel it should be. I am 
 personally not worried about bureaucracy being introduced by such a committee and I am happy to have more conversations around this idea if Ruby maintainers would not want that sort of obligation.

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56362

* 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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