Issue #12004 has been updated by Ruby Amateur.


The more I contemplate the [revised code of conduct (or "community guidelines") by Caroline Ada Ehmke](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#note-347), on one hand I like the idea of allowing confidential addressing of grievences. However, I don't fully understand how the moderation of the Ruby community can be handled. First of all it requires infrastructure and policy to implement even the most basic grievence handling. Furthermore, I feel if left to Matz and his Japanese delegates (due to enforcing local laws), either side of a complaint can skillfully feign ignorance due to language barrier. It also places a lot of mental burden deciding and judging what complies with the code of conduct and what doesn't. **Lastly, I feel like code of conducts with enforcement and punitive measures is like giving delegates of a community firearms when the community was safe and peaceful for 20 years.**

On the other hand, [Jeremy Evan's proposed Code of Conduct in #329](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#note-329) is far simpler, easier to understand, and doesn't burden the project and community. I also think we can consider addressing grievences, punitive measuers, and enforcement at a later time. I just don't see the need to future proof these policies today, especially during a heated discussion where people are upset. I think if the community has proper data points collected to warrant enforcement and punitive measures, we should consider it.


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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56630

* 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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