Issue #12004 has been updated by David Celis.


Ruby Dino wrote:
> David Celis wrote:
> > 
> > The oft-mentioned ideal of MINASWAN is important to the Ruby community. You're right that sociopathy (and, thus, an inability to show empathy) is a thing and so empathy should not be _required_ in the community. But even sociopaths are able to be courteous and Nice without having to be able to put themselves in someone else's shoes and understand their point of view. Sociopaths know what it means to be a human being, and they are able to treat others as humans.
> > 
> > Openly "not giving a shit" about others' feelings and continuing to show that level of disregard when someone speaks up is not Nice. The Ruby community wants to be Nice.
> 
> :-) I must correct you on the use of sociopathy, as it's not the same thing as psychopathy.

My mistake. I was a psychology student some years ago and at some point there was some contention in the DSM about psychopathy vs. sociopathy. Language can sometimes move quickly and it does look like my vocabulary is antiquated. Though it does seem that the DSM V lists psychopathy as the condition that involves a total lack of empathy where as sociopaths are sometimes able to form emotional attachments: (see https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201401/how-tell-sociopath-psychopath or http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/what-is-a-sociopath_b_5877160.html).  

But I really don't want to argue semantics, as I think my point still stands. Sociopath or psychopath, people know what is generally accepted as Nice and they _can_ act accordingly. You don't need to be able to experience another person's feelings or understand their feelings to know what sort of behavior a community typically agrees on as being Nice. Psychopath or no, if someone knows that their behavior could result in them temporarily or permanently being ejected from the community, they will be much less likely to engage in that behavior.

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56368

* 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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