[OSGeo-Conf] Code of Conduct

Robert Cheetham cheetham at azavea.com
Wed Jan 14 13:20:52 PST 2015

Not sure if another voice is helpful, but I'll chime in anyway.

+1 on Kate's comments.

It may help to think about this from a slightly different perspective where
a CoC is perhaps more common.  For example, Azavea articulates a code of
conduct in our employee policies in three areas: ethics, diversity values,
harassment policy.  This is done alongside discussions of culture, mission,
benefits and other organization, policies.  Everyone who works here has to
read this and then sign a sheet acknowledging the policies and that they've
read them.  The signature is not aimed at being legalistic or giving us
grounds to let someone go - the policy already does that.  Rather, it's
aimed at emphasizing that these things are important to us and we are
asking the person to pay attention.  No one has ever complained or
expressed concern.  Granted, employment is different from conference, but
the objectives are similar.


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On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:

> Hi Cameron,
> I'm going to assume good faith that you are not trying to be offensive,
> but I am having a difficult time with some of what you wrote.
> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 8:42 AM, Cameron Shorter <
> cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I also think it adds little value, and will likely offend a number of
>> attendees, to enforce everyone to tick a "I will abide by the CoC" box. Do
>> obviously reference the CoC, including using a 1 sentence version of it
>> which gets read.  If people are going to break the CoC, they will do so
>> whether they tick a box or not.
> I'm indifferent to a tickbox, but some of the better run conferences that
> do have codes of conduct include the tickbox as well as make references to
> the Code of Conduct in multiple places on the site and at the conference.
>> I do have an outstanding question about definition of "sexualised image",
>> which I expect will be challenging to resolve. Does someone have links back
>> to the geek girls community to see if they can help with ideas?
> It is a bit insulting for you to ask if anyone has any links to the "geek
> girls community"  for multiple reasons. The first being that we are women,
> not girls. The second is you are implying that all the women who have
> responded on this thread that are involved in OSGEO are not geeks....One
> specific women is on the advisory board of a non-profit(1) that has the
> entire mission of helping women in open culture and open source.
> Also you keep saying "kick people out" I do know of instances where people
> have been kicked out of conferences, but it is typically for repeat
> offenses. For example wearing an offensive shirt, being offered a new one
> from the conference organizers and refusing it. Or continuing to speak
> offensively or harass people after being initially warned.
> -Kate
> (1) https://adainitiative.org/
>> --
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