[OpenStack Foundation] Updating the Code of Conduct

Eoghan Glynn eglynn at redhat.com
Thu Jun 23 09:51:17 UTC 2016

> Hi everyone,
> There have been a few different conversations over the last 6+ months about
> updating the OpenStack Community code of conduct with the goals to encourage
> diversity, provide more explicit guidance around what is acceptable (or not
> acceptable behavior), and clarify the reporting / enforcement process. Cindy
> Pallares made some suggested edits on behalf of the Diversity Working Group
> a few months ago, and most recently Michael Krotscheck picked up the
> conversation on the User Committee mailing list. You can review their
> efforts here:
> https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/CoC
> Any changes to the code of conduct need to be approved by the board of
> directors, so for next steps, I’d like to get input on the proposed changes
> from the broader Foundation membership and then put it in front of the
> Board. Please feel free to make comments and provide feedback in the
> etherpad above or via this mailing list. If we have a quick consensus, we’ll
> propose the changes in June 28th board meeting. If it seems like there’s
> more discussion and work to be done, we’ll postpone. Happy for anyone to get
> involved.

Thanks for raising this up Lauren,

I'd suggest changing the proposed CoC to separate off the softer
aspirational aspects (e.g. "Be friendly") from the more concrete rules
that we can and should enforce (specifically "Collaborate openly" and
"Be careful in the words that you choose").

Since it would be very difficult to deal with a reported CoC violation
around someone not being friendly enough for example, those clauses
could be seen to give the entire code an air of something we should
aim for in a perfect world, as opposed to rules that we really expect
everyone to adhere to.
> Thanks,
> Lauren
> Links for reference:
> - Current community code of conduct:
> https://www.openstack.org/legal/community-code-of-conduct/
> - Summit code of conduct:
> https://www.openstack.org/summit/barcelona-2016/code-of-conduct/
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