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

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Fri Nov 25 17:45:11 EST 2011

It could be a layout issue and there is nothing stoping Linux Australia from producing the setr (rtm) version.


[short enough to read[

On 25/11/2011, at 3:51 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:

> 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
> with.
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Silvia.
> 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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>>> http://lists.linux.org.au/listinfo/linux-aus
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