Hi all, a recent discussion  on Debian Women mailing list made me realize that the Debian Project, the *Universal* Operating System, doesn't have a diversity statement . Yet. :) A diversity statement is a document expliciting something really important: that everyone (no matter of gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification) is welcome to join our project. The *technical* part of Debian Project is already committed to diversity: we don't accept (in our main repository) licenses which discriminate for persons, groups or fields of endeavor (Debian Free Software Guidelines, points 5. and 6. ). IMO is time for a similar statement also for the *community* part of the Project. So, I wrote a draft - mainly based on the one  created for Ubuntu by Matt Zimmerman with the help of Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora and Benjamin Mako Hill - and I'd like to propose it to the DPL to be official published. But I'd also like to have some inputs from you all, on it. The draft is attached: we don't have a "Code of Conduct" as the Ubuntu Community, so I removed any mention to it. Thanks in advance, Francesca  https://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2012/03/msg00006.html (and following messages)  http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Diversity_statement  http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines  http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/diversity -- "Nostra patria è il mondo intero e nostra legge è la libertà ed un pensiero ribelle in cor ci sta." P.Gori
The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. We are committed to being a community that everyone feels good about joining. Although we may not be able to satisty everyone, we will always work to treat everyone well. Whenever any participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong. Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honour diversity in age, culture, ethnicity, genotype, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, neurotype, phenotype, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, subculture and technical ability. Ideas and wording for this statement were based on diversity statements from the Ubuntu community <http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/diversity>, the Python community <http://www.python.org/community/diversity> and Dreamwidth Studios <http://www.dreamwidth.org/legal/diversity>. This document is usable under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA license.
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