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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC] Code of Conduct

On Aug 15, 2019, at 14:01, Lars Kurth <lars.kurth@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Rich,


thanks for the feedback. I am going to


On 15/08/2019, 18:23, "Rich Persaud" <persaur@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


    > On Aug 9, 2019, at 13:48, Lars Kurth <lars.kurth@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


    > Hi all,


    Hi Lars,



    > Following the discussion we had at the Developer Summit (see https://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/Design_Sessions_2019#Community_Issues_.2F_Improvements_-_Communication.2C_Code_of_Conduct.2C_etc. for notes) I put together a draft for the Code of Conduct which can be found here as well as inlined below

    > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NnWdU_VnC1N_ZzxQG6jU9fnY2GPVCcfPJT5KY61WXJM/edit?usp=sharing


    > It is based on the LF Events CoC as we agreed on (the diff is attached). I took the scope and enforcement sections from https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4/code-of-conduct.html and simplified it rather than inventing something new.


    Is there precedent for applying a legal contract (Code of Conduct) that was designed for physical space (conference event) to an online context?   Is there an existing Code of Conduct that was legally designed for a similar, online open-source community context, e.g. operating system or hypervisor or other systems-level software dev?


If you look at https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4/code-of-conduct.html or many other examples, what we ended up with is almost identical. The same is true for most other CoCs which are used as “gold standard”.

Thanks for the pointer, that's exactly what I was hoping to find.  Here is some text from Contributor Covenant:

"Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the project team at [INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS]. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.
Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership."

This is different from the proposed CoC, because:

  (a) repercussions are not specified, i.e. they can be contextual
  (b) there is a confidentiality provision
  (c) decisions are made by open-source project leadership, not a separate "CoC team" with TBD members, electoral process and governance 

Can Xen Project adopt Contributor Covenant directly?  It has a large base of adopters, including Intel and Google projects, so we would benefit from upstream improvements as the CoC is tested in the real world:  https://www.contributor-covenant.org/adopters

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