[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Code of Conduct - revised draft

Silvia Pfeiffer silvia at silvia-pfeiffer.de
Fri Nov 25 16:21:38 EST 2011

Actually, I disagree.

I have a tl:dr approach to such things but the explicit listing of
good and bad actions and of consequences made it really easy to have a
quick check of what is expected of me and what I may get threatened

I admit, I would not read the paragraphs in between the lists unless I
am in a concrete situation, but it seems to me easy enough to read as
it is.


On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Donna Benjamin <donna at cc.com.au> wrote:
> It's really important we have a code like this... but I feel this is too
> long, and too specific.  We need a short, grokkable version - perhaps it
> refers to this full length version... but as it stands it will suffer
> from tl:dr
> I strongly advise seeking guidance from Susanne Ruthven before this
> document is finalised.
> On Fri, 2011-11-25 at 11:55 +1100, Alice Boxhall wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> The council has received a lot of excellent feedback for the initial
>> draft for a Code of Conduct to cover all Linux Australia events, sent
>> to the linux-aus list on 13 September
>> (http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/2011-September/019082.html).
>> We have tried our best to incorporate these suggestions into our
>> revised draft, included below.
>> We hope to make this, or something very similar to it, our official
>> Code of Conduct for Linux Australia events as soon as possible. Thus,
>> we would like to ask the Linux Australia community once more for any
>> comments or suggestions on this draft, prior to our posting a final
>> version.
>> Thanks,
>> Alice
>> =====
>> ## Linux Australia Code of Conduct
>> Linux Australia events invite diverse groups of people - regardless of
>> age, race, gender identity or expression, background, ability,
>> appearance, sexuality, walk of life, or religion - to discuss and
>> learn about all things Free and Open Source.
>> We wish all attendees at our events to enjoy an environment of mutual
>> respect, tolerance and encouragement, in accordance with the Linux
>> Australia statement of values [http://linux.org.au/values].
>> This, in turn, is the responsibility of all attendees: each attendee
>> is expected to show respect and courtesy to all other attendees
>> throughout the event and at all associated events, whether officially
>> sponsored by Linux Australia or not. To this end, all delegates,
>> speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers, venue and media personnel,
>> event organisers and volunteers at any Linux Australia event are
>> required to agree to and abide by the following Code of Conduct.
>> Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.
>> # Appropriate behaviour
>> Attendees and speakers must not engage in any intimidation,
>> harassment, or abusive or discriminatory behaviour.
>> Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
>> - offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation,
>> disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion;
>> - sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides);
>> - deliberate intimidation;
>> - stalking or following;
>> - unwanted photography or recording;
>> - sustained disruption of talks or other events;
>> - inappropriate physical contact;
>> - unwelcome sexual attention.
>> Discriminatory behaviour includes, but is not limited to:
>> - sexist, racist, or other exclusionary jokes;
>> - exclusionary language;
>> - unwarranted exclusion from conference or related events based on
>> gender, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size,
>> race, religion or other attributes;
>> - making unjustified assumptions about attendees.
>> Participants asked by event staff to stop any inappropriate behavior
>> are expected to comply immediately. Consequences for refusal to to
>> comply with such a request are explained below.
>> # Appropriate content
>> As we wish all of our attendees to feel welcome and comfortable at all
>> times during the event, all communication should be appropriate for a
>> professional, diverse audience.
>> Any public presentation which is part of the conference, including but
>> not limited to keynotes, presentations, lightning talks and addresses,
>> is subject to the appropriate behaviour guidelines above and thus may
>> not contain:
>> - sexual or violent imagery;
>> - exclusionary language;
>> - exclusionary humour of any kind;
>> - language which is not appropriate for an all-ages audience.
>> Any presenter who violates these guidelines will be given a warning at
>> the first violation if it is minor, and the presentation will be
>> stopped if either a second minor violation occurs or any major
>> violation occurs.
>> If presenters are unsure whether their material is suitable, they are
>> encouraged to show it to the conference’s speaker liaison before their
>> session.
>> # Reporting and consequences
>> If you see or hear a speaker/attendee displaying any behaviour which
>> is disallowed by the code of conduct and which is distressing to you
>> or another attendee, or have any other concerns, please contact a
>> member of the Linux Australia Event staff.
>> All complaints made to Linux Australia or event organisers will remain
>> confidential, be taken seriously, investigated, and dealt with
>> appropriately.
>> The event organisers or Linux Australia may take any or all of the
>> following measures:
>> - The alleged offender may be asked to stop or modify their behaviour.
>> - The alleged offender may be warned that enforcement action will be
>> taken if the behaviour continues.
>> - If the behaviour continues, the alleged offender may be asked to
>> immediately leave the venue and/or be prohibited from continuing to
>> attend the event (without reimbursement).
>> - The incident may be reported to the appropriate authorities.
>> Linux Australia is aware of the responsibility required to ensure a
>> successful and productive event. If an incident occurs, Linux
>> Australia will formally apologise to those affected. A record of the
>> incident will be kept and future measures will be taken to ensure that
>> it does not happen again.
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