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

Chris Neugebauer chrisjrn at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 17:09:49 EST 2011

As mentioned on the previous thread, the PyCon Australia Code of
Conduct reads as a short, tl;dr version of the code:
http://pycon-au.org/2011/conduct/ -- I strongly recommend LA
adopt/amend this and make it a preamble or summarised version of the
full-length code.

It might not be applicable in full, but I'm sure it doesn't need much
work -- note that it was successfully acted upon twice during PyCon AU
2011, so it is clearly actionable and effective.  For this reason, it
is the intention of the PyCon AU 2012 team to use the 2011 code of
conduct unamended for our conference.


(PyCon AU 2012 Head Honcho)

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 15:58, 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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