Issue #12004 has been updated by Lauren Voswinkel.


Ruby Dino wrote:
> We've had many admins on ruby-lang throughout the time, some with commit privs have admin access. I'd like a small but decent CoC like PostgreSQL's which basically states "don't be an asshole." Enforcement doesn't need to be specified, as we've already seen in this thread if we see someone being bad they are removed. This would be even more so for a CoC or guideline. CoCs don't have to be like laws, as this is also a privately run project and not subject to legal remedies unless otherwise specified by country law.

The question is not "Why is what we do inadequate?" It's much more about "If there is an issue that is highly contentious, what do we do in that case?" Also, "Do people feel like they have a way or place to bring forward sensitive issues without fear of direct reprisal?"

I get it, a CoC can seem like either a bureaucratic hassle or like a gag on feeling relaxed in an environment. That said, there are explanations of why CoCs need to be enforceable, visible, and provide a path for private reporting and remediation. http://rachelnabors.com/2015/09/01/code-of-conduct/ is one such example.

Fundamentally, we may be unable to come to a consensus about what a CoC should be as our experiences and those of our friends probably differ drastically. I, personally, have seen vague CoCs personally affect people I care about, so I'm steadfastly against relying on vagaries for situations that are far and away outside the norm of human interaction and behavior. My insistence would be that, because this is a private project, particularly with people from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, that stipulating examples of what kind of behavior is unacceptable becomes MORE important. The reason for this being that we have no common laws, culture, or social background to rely on to make those inferences. Without that commonality, explicit examples become crucial.

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56448

* 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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