Issue #12004 has been updated by John Croisant.


Ruby Dino wrote:
> > But what if harassment happens where the mods cannot see? For example, what if a new Ruby user sends an email to ruby-talk, and someone replies privately (not to the list) with harassment, insults, sexual comments, etc.?
> 
> This is bad and doesn't relate to the community. Anything off-list or off site is out of bounds. If someone is harassing you outside of the project, that's up to you.

Even if it happens off-list, it very much affects and relates to the community.

* The new user was harassed *because they participated in the community*. Now they may be afraid to participate any more.
* The new user may warn their friends that the community is bad. This would discourage other people from joining the community.
* The harasser may continue to target other members of the community. Over time, many nice people may leave, while not-nice people stay. This makes the community worse for everyone.

It is not possible to prevent all harassment. But if there is a CoC, at least people knows that the harassment is not normal, and knows that they can contact the mods. Then the mods will know about the problem, and can decide what to do about it.

For example, if the harasser is subscribed to the mailing list, then the mods could remove them, so that it is not so easy for them to find new targets to harass. If the same person harasses many users, the mods can warn everyone that the person is doing it, so that everyone can block the harasser. It is not a perfect solution (a determined harasser could create a new account, or browse the list archives), but it is much better than letting the harasser continue unhindered.

Even if there is no technical solution, then at least the mods can reassure the user that they are welcome in the community, and that harassment is not allowed. This can make a big difference in whether the user decides to leave or stay, and what they tell their friends about the Ruby community.


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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56501

* 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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