Issue #12004 has been updated by Brad Grzesiak.


I'm not a fan of the published document. I do not believe it adequately defines the qualities of a hospitable community. I assert that a reasonable Code of Conduct requires 4 things:

1. Sufficiently specific and mostly comprehensive definition of unacceptable behavior.
2. List of potential consequences of engaging in unacceptable behavior.
3. Preferred mechanism for reporting unacceptable behavior.
4. Rough definition of the process to be followed by leaders.

Applying this document against these four requirements, we observe that it fails all four:

1. Ignoring the fact that the document does not provide an example (though obviously never exhaustive) list of unacceptable harassment behaviors, it constrains the definition of unacceptable behavior to a one-on-one interaction, effectively allowing contributors to be broadly insolent (e.g., sexist, racist, etc) as long as the remarks are not aimed at an individual.
2. The document is entirely lacking in potential consequences. Saying something "will not be tolerated" is not a consequence.
3. The document is entirely lacking in instructing the reader how to report violations.
4. The document is entirely lacking in transparency as to how violations will be handled.

Furthermore, I know a number of individuals in and around the Ruby community. By and large, they are wonderful people. But for a few bad individuals, to "always assume good intentions" is to forget that these people have serially acted in bad faith in the past.

A Code of Conduct has two reasons for existing: to show newcomers that we are a welcoming community, actively reprimanding harmful individuals; and to provide a framework for actually performing the reprimanding. This document provides neither quality.

If this document is in force when the next act of harassment occurs, I expect the recipient of the harassment to feel quite abandoned.

In the meantime, please change the title of the document from "Ruby Community Code of Conduct" to "CRuby Core Conduct Policy" or "CRuby Core Code of Conduct."

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Misc #12004: Code of Conduct
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12004#change-57036

* Author: Coraline Ada Ehmke
* Status: Closed
* 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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