Issue #12004 has been updated by Martin Dürst.


Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
> Coraline Ada Ehmke wrote:
> > I understand not wanting bureaucracy, but something can and has to be done if a member of the community engages in a campaign of, for example, sexual harassment. There are ways of limiting such an individual's access to the community and to the codebase. There is public censure. If there are no consequences for wrongful activity, then what's even the point of having a code of conduct? It has no teeth.
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> Our community have 20+ years of history. We had a few issues in the past, but all of them could be resolve by the communication.
> On the other hand, we had to take great care to avoid bureaucracy in our workflows and processes. For me, avoiding bureaucracy is far immediate danger. Of course, I agree with you in part, so I agree to add kind of CoC for the community.

I very much agree with Matz, as I have seen increasing bureaucracy in other organizations and didn't like it.

Just as an idea, what about the following: We already have a mail address specifically designed and operated to address security issues (security / ruby-lang.org). It seems to me that there might be some commonalities between that mailing list and the issue in this thread. One is a strong desire for confidentiality. I'm not part of the security team, but as far as I understand, it has been working without too much bureaucracy. Also, it works without a widely published list of who watches mail to that address.

I'd also like to note that on this present issue, some actual action (removing uploaded files and accounts) has already happened without an actual CoC (yet?) in force. I cannot comment on the details, because those files were already removed when I read my mail this morning, but I hope we can take this as an indication that things are already working to quite some extent.


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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56375

* 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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