Re: [Debconf-discuss] Code of Conduct violations handling process
On Wed, Sep 03, 2014 at 12:29:36PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> I think more guidance for the teams involved would be helpful. The
> Debconf and Debian CoC statements are too difficult to amend. The DC
> and Debian teams should develop a process document which those
> responsible would use to guide their actions.
> That document should:
> * Give some examples of behaviours with in each case the appropriate
> response. This will greatly assist the decisionmaking team.
> * Say who is responsible for dealing with complaints about bad
> behaviour occurring at (or associated with) Debian conferences and
> It seems to me that a conference raises different issues to the
> mostly online interactions in the rest of the project. The nature
> of violations is likely to be different; the evidential basis is
> going to be different; and the required timescale for a response is
> much shorter.
> ISTM therefore that CoC complaints about behaviour at (or
> associated with) a Debian event such as a conference should be
> dealt with by the conference team (or a subteam of the conference
> * Say what should be done with complaints which are initially made to
> someone else. (Answer: they should - with the complainant's
> consent - be passed directly to those responsible for investigating
> and adjudicating the complaint.)
> * State that decisions on the appropriate response to a violation
> should be made without involvement of the DPL or the press team,
> and should be without fear or favour (whether towards complainant
> or accused).
> * Outline our approach to violations by guest speakers, or other
> parties who attend the conference (or associated events) only
> briefly, where it is not possible to eject the violator (nor to
> threaten to, in order to extract an apology and promise of better
> * Outline whether and when any public statements will be made, and
> the rules for data sharing with other events.
> I'm sure that we can borrow some wording from other organisations. I
> would suggest investigating SF conventions, and social justice
> organisations and feminist sources, to see what they have to offer.
> The software world is still lagging on this somewhat.