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

Arjen Lentz arjen at lentz.com.au
Wed Nov 30 21:00:16 EST 2011

Hi Russell

> Paul Shirren wrote:
> > I am sure the motivation for the policy is largely pragmatic and
> > based on addressing actual incidents.

Russell Stuart wrote:
> If this is the case it would be helpful if LA told us what incidents
> they are basing it on. Do you know of any?

General things that an inclusive conference should address:
Once it's got these things it also would tend to be friendly and thoughtful towards others so it's an excellent start.

For documented examples of unsavory incidents, see

In the timeline you will find a specific issue at LCA2007, as well as one at LCA2011 and a mailing list situation. There are also issues documented there from other events in Australia (including OSDC 2006) and elsewhere.

Linux Australia, OSDClub and others naturally want to deal with the overall issue and not merely be reactive towards specific incidents at their own events - this can be regarded as self-evident, but to provide a specific reason: LCA, OSDC and other conferences have speakers and attendees from outside Australia who have sadly had to experience some very nasty situations.
Let us be(come) a shining example of how to "get it right". So given that context, all of the incidents noted are relevant.

I also think Paul Schirren provided an excellent statement in terms of what we want to stand for and how that applies to different people in the context of events.

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