Issue #12004 has been updated by Red Herring.


So I would like to begin this by stating that I am actually afraid that I will loose my job and reputation by responding to this in a negative way.  I have made a new account to protect myself (though if anyone gets the joke of my name, you probably have talked to me over xmpp).  I have been using and contributing to ruby on another account for a very long time (my first interest came from those many fun hours with metasploit in highschool), and I have been programming with C for much longer.  I am a female and a "poc" (read: black), so technically I am shielded from harm under these types of things, but in reality I can prove that the only people who benefit from this document are the people who wrote it in the first place.

The idea of a code of conduct is a seemingly good idea.  It prevents people from being assholes, and in theory it makes your community nicer.  This is all very good until you realize that the people who made the code of conduct are shielded from its rules, and have the ability to start witch hunts against anyone that they don't like.  The idea that one or two out-of-taste jokes or the fact that you don't accept someone's code because of who they are in the outside world is a very scary one.

The only reason this specific code of conduct has been able to "infect" so many projects is because it basically calls anyone who disagrees with it bigoted.  Point in case happens to be this (https://a.pomf.cat/uimnqm.png).  Did they ever consider that the libraries might have been poorly written?

As a black woman in code, I am afraid to speak out against people like the above posters who speak out against "bullying" and "harassment" when they are the bullies and harassers themselves.  I know there are others who have the same opinions as me out there, but I will never know them, because if they did speak out they would get fired.

Have a good day.

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-56905

* 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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