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Re: GR proposal: code of conduct

Seconded, but I'd also like a couple of amendments which I'll add in
another mail.


On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:59:42AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> 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
> goal.
> 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
> 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 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
> structure](http://www.debian.org/intro/organization)
> # 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.


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