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GR proposal: code of conduct

Hi all,

This is to propose a general resolution under §4.1.5 of the constitution
to propose a Debian code of conduct.

This code of conduct has been drafted during debconf, and been refined
during a BoF session there and in a discussion on the debian-project
mailinglist. For more details, please see <52790DE1.20805@debian.org>

There has been a delay since the thread on -project; this was due to the
fact that it was pointed out to me, in private, that before imposing
some procedure on the listmasters, it *might* have been good to ask for
their input, which indeed I had failed to do. I did send them an email
in December, but have thus far not received a reply; and January has
been busy for me, being involved in organizing FOSDEM *and* in a debconf

I went over the thread quickly just now because there were still a few
outstanding issues; I think I incorporated all comments (interested
parties can see diffs for my last few changes through

I did consider posting this to -project once more, but decided against
i; I think the current draft is pretty close to consensus (if it hasn't
already achieved that), and any further changes can easily be done
through the normal GR procedure.

I am therefore asking for seconds to this proposal, with apologies for
the fact that this has taken far too long.

GR text follows:

1. The Debian project decides to accept a code of conduct for
   participants to its mailinglists, IRC channels, and other modes of
   communication within the project.

2. The initial text of this code of conduct replaces the "mailinglist
   code of conduct" at http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/#codeofconduct

3. Updates to this code of conduct should be made by the DPL or the
   DPL's delegates after consultation with the project, or by the Debian
   Developers as a whole through the general resolution procedure.

4. The initial text of the code of conduct follows, in markdown format.

# 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

Note that many of our Contributors are not native English speakers or
may have different cultural backgrounds
## 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

## 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

## 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 guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may
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 be temporarily or permanently
banned from communicating through Debian's systems. Complaints should be
made (in private) to the administrators of the Debian communication
forum in question. To find contact information for these administrators,
please see [the page on Debian's organizational

# Further reading

Some of 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 all do contain useful information on how to conduct
oneself on our communication channels.

- Debian has a [diversity statement](http://www.debian.org/intro/diversity)
- The [Debian Community Guidelines](http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg/)
  by Enrico Zini contain some advice on how to communicate effectively.

This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space.

If it starts pointing toward space you are having a bad problem and you
will not go to space today.

  -- http://xkcd.com/1133/

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