[OSGeo-Conf] Code of Conduct at Events?

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 23:24:34 EST 2010

I started a thread related to this subject on a friend's blog:


Some activity has started, including a link to the IETF RFC 1384
Guidlines for Conduct:


Which appear to have been lifted by our friends at OGC as their
Principles of Conduct:


While neither of these explicitly mention sexual assault, they both
imply it a little in 2.1 of the RFC. Personally, it wouldn't hurt to
expand that section a little in the manner of the Code of Conduct from
the SPI.

Fortunately, we have time on our side. We don't have to make a
specific decision any time soon.


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Eric Wolf <ebwolf at gmail.com> wrote:
> My ex-wife is a social worker. She works as an advocate for victims of
> domestic abuse. She can recount numerous times talking to Sheriffs,
> Pastors, Rabbis, and other community leaders who would respond simply
> stating "we don't have domestic violence in this community." The truth
> is domestic violence is as likely in a mansion as it is a trailer
> park. It's just more likely to be brushed under the rug in the
> mansion.
> As much as I'd like to be able to agree with Jeff and Peter - that
> "sexual assault doesn't happen at FOSS4G", I can't help but look
> around room at the lot of us - all white males - and think we may be
> taking something for granted: the well being of our conference
> participants.
> Having a statement in the program, at the very least, helps victims of
> assault feel like they are being heard. It brings to the surface what
> is a real issue; making everyone aware that the problem is real. And
> maybe, it'll make some people realize they need to grow up or help
> others have the courage to stop someone before they do something
> stupid.
> From our perspective, it's a page in the program. From a victim or
> potential victim of assault, it could be much more.
> -Eric
> P.S. I'm aware that the argument against is "where do we stop such
> tangential inclusions?" I mean, do we need a statement denouncing
> genocide? or discouraging heroin use? I'm not sure where to draw the
> line but since the linked posting states "unwanted sexual attention up
> and to including fairly serious assaults is not unusual at at least
> some FLOSS events." I'm inclined to include something like the
> suggested statement - or enlist an organizing committee member to
> investigate the matter and decide where the line should be drawn.
> -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=-
> Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734
> On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM, Peter Batty <peter at ebatty.com> wrote:
>> That was my initial reaction too.
>> On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:41 PM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
>> wrote:
>>> My gut reaction is that I hope we don't need to state this at our events.
>>>  I'm not against including it in all of our FOSS4G program documents, but it
>>> seems a little unnecessary.
>>> I'm open to hearing other opinions.
>>> -jeff
>>> On 10-11-10 1:15 AM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
>>>> Folks,
>>>> This just came across the SPI (software in the public interest) mailing
>>>> list. I'm not sure if it is something we might want to consider for
>>>> FOSS4G
>>>> or other events. To me most of it seems like common sense that applies in
>>>> all situations rather than needing to be specifically stated at events.
>>>> http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-general/2010-November/002845.html
>>>> I'll keep an eye for how it is received within SPI.
>>>> (PS. I first wrote about this to the board, but on reflection I think
>>>> this
>>>> is a more appropriate place to contemplate the matter)
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