[coreboot] coreboot code of conduct

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Sun Jan 18 04:12:10 CET 2015

Hi Marc,

thanks for writing this up.

On 16.01.2015 19:15, Marc Jones wrote:
> A coreboot code of conduct has been posted on the wiki.
>   - http://www.coreboot.org/Code_of_Conduct
> I have written a blog post about why we have a code of conduct.
>   - http://blogs.coreboot.org/blog/2015/01/16/coreboot-code-of-conduct/
> Feel free to give feedback on the policy and how else we can contribute to
> a welcoming and collaborative environment.

Given that the Code of Conduct has been announced publicly in a blog
post, the feedback is probably expected to be public as well. Apologies
if that is not the case.

The current wording suggests that anyone can be expelled from the
community permanently without warning for either perceived harrassment
or for strongly enforcing the code of conduct. This is probably not the

Furthermore, the second paragraph of "Unacceptable Behaviour" is either
redundant or woefully incomplete. If you really think the word
"harassing" from the first paragraph needs to be defined, you should
define the other words from the first paragraph "intimidating",
"abusive", "discriminatory", "derogatory" and "demeaning" as well. I
suggest deleting that second paragraph.

Please define "community organizers". Did you mean "arbitration team"?
Or is it the community members present at an event?

How can we deploy this against people not part of our community? If
they're not part of the community in the first place, it is by
definition impossible to exclude them from our community and the Code of
Conduct in its current form does not apply. If, on the other hand, we
define everyone on the mailing list, everyone on IRC and everyone
visiting our booths at various conferences and trade shows as being part
of our community, we're going to overshoot the mark. I don't want to be
guilty by association just because some troll on IRC joins all channels,
spews some random offensive crap and disappears.

That said, I think having a Code of Conduct may eventually prove helpful
in case we have to deal with problems.


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