Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> (2013-11-26): > For a full week of that two-week period, alioth was completely down, > so this draft was inaccessible. This is normally the least of the > reasons why I would argue that the full text of drafts should be > posted to the mailing list for discussion, instead of referring to VCS > URLs. Thanks. Some minor nits below. Besides those, I think I like the draft very much. > I quote the current draft below for people to comment on. > > # Debian Code of Conduct > > ## Be respectful > > In a project the size of Debian, inevitably there will be people with > whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that, > but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor > behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel > threatened is not a healthy community. > > ## Assume good faith > > Debian Contributors have many ways of reaching our common goal of a > [free](http://www.debian.org/intro/free) operating system which may > differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards this > goal. > > Note that many of our Contributors are not native english speakers or English, I suppose? > may have different cultural backgrounds; see also our [diversity > statement](http://www.debian.org/intro/diversity) > > ## Be collaborative > Debian is a large and complex project; there is always more to learn > within Debian. It's good to ask for help when you need it. Similarly, > offers for help should be seen in the context of our shared goal of > improving Debian. > > When you make something for the benefit of the project, be willing to > explain to others how it works, so that they can build on your work to > make it even better. > > ## Try to be concise > > Keep in mind that what you write once will be read by hundreds of > persons. Writing a short email means people can understand the > conversation as efficiently as possible. When a long explanation is > necessary, consider adding a summary. > > Try to bring new arguments to a conversation so that each mail adds > something unique to the thread, keeping in mind that the rest of the > thread still contains the other messages with arguments that have > already been made. > > Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly > large. > > ## Be open > > Most ways of communication used within Debian allow for public and > private communication. As per paragraph three of the [social > contract](http://www.debian.org/social_contract), you should preferably > use public methods of communication for Debian-related messages, unless > posting something sensitive. > > This applies to messages for help or Debian-related support, too; not > only is a public support request much more likely to result in an answer > to your question, it also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made > by people answering your question will be more easily detected and > corrected. > > ## In case of problems > > While this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we > recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of > some of the rules in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may guidelines? > reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be > in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However, > regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still > adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it > should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more > likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that > they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion. > > Serious or persistent offenders will temporarily or permanently banned + be > from communicating through Debian's systems. Complaints should be made > (in private) to the administrators of the Debian communication forum in > question. Can we avoid "forum", which can be misleading? > # Further reading > > The links in this section do not refer to documents that are part of > this code of conduct, nor are they authoritative within Debian. However, > they do contain useful information on how to conduct oneself on our > communcation channels. communication > - The [Debian Community Guidelines](http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg/) > by Enrico Zini contain some advice on how to communicate effectively. > - <link to documentation on what to do in case of technical problems> Mraw, KiBi.
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