[OSGeo-Conf] Proposed text for an OSGeo Code of Conduct
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 19:33:58 PST 2015
Following on from this email thread, I've drafted a proposed Code of
Conduct, where I've aimed to address:
* Be concise (concise words get read more)
* Cover key messages
* Include an escalation process for dealing with both minor and major issues
* Ensure key terms are understood (in particular reference to definition
of sexualised images)
* Couch in positive language
* I agree to act respectfully toward others in line with the OSGeo Code
*OSGeo Code of Conduct*:
This Code of Conduct collates the collective values adopted by our OSGeo
community which baselines the behaviour we do and don't support to
ensure OSGeo is a safe and productive environment for all.
We invite everyone to be respectful to all, regardless of race, gender,
age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national
origin, ethnicity, religion, or ideas. We do not tolerate harassment of
others in any form. Examples of harassment include offensive comments,
verbal threats or demands, sexualized images in public spaces,
intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained
disruption of events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual
We expect all participants to follow the Code of Conduct when involved
in OSGeo activities. This includes conferences, related social events,
and online forums. Participants violating this Code of Conduct will be
asked to desist and/or make amends. For gross or continual violations,
offenders may be expelled from the event or forum without a refund,
and/or banned from future events or other forums.
Participants are encouraged to bring any concerns to the attention of
event staff, the forum, forum leader, or OSGeo Board. We thank all for
helping keep OSGeo welcoming, respectful, and friendly for all.
 Examples of inappropriate sexualised environments are described
On 10/01/2015 9:59 pm, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Looking around at various Conference "Codes of Conduct", I found the
> O'Reilly definition to be eloquently worded, and less threatening to
> potential attendees. (Although I still can't find a clear definition
> of "sexual images".)
> Code of Conduct
> At O'Reilly, we assume that most people are intelligent and
> well-intended, and we're not inclined to tell people what to do.
> However, we want every O'Reilly conference to be a safe and productive
> environment for everyone. To that end, this code of conduct spells out
> the behavior we support and don't support at conferences. The core of
> our approach is this:
> We don't condone harassment or offensive behavior, at our conference
> venues or anywhere. It's counter to our company values. More
> importantly, it's counter to our values as human beings.
> We're voicing our strong, unequivocal support of appropriate behavior
> by all participants at technical events, including all O'Reilly
> conferences. We invite you to help us make each O'Reilly conference a
> place that is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless
> of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical
> appearance, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. So that everyone
> can focus on the conference itself, and the great networking and
> community richness that happens when we get together in person, we
> will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any
> form---in person or online.
> Examples of harassment include offensive comments, verbal threats or
> demands, sexualized images in public spaces, intimidation, stalking,
> harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions
> or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.
> We expect all participants---attendees, speakers, sponsors, and
> volunteers---to follow the Code of Conduct during the conference. This
> includes conference-related social events at off-site locations, and
> in related online communities and social media. Participants asked to
> stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
> Conference participants violating this Code of Conduct may be expelled
> from the conference without a refund, and/or banned from future
> O'Reilly events, at the discretion of O'Reilly Media.
> Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the event
> staff, or contact our VP of Conferences, Gina Blaber
> atgina at oreilly.com <mailto:gina at oreilly.com>. We thank our
> participants for your help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful,
> and friendly to all participants.
> Read theblog post by Tim O'Reilly
> is the basis of our functional code of conduct for all O'Reilly
> Thanks to theLean Startup
> <http://2014.leanstartup.co/code-of-conduct/>folks and thejsconf.us
> <http://jsconf.com/codeofconduct.html>folks, whose Codes of Conduct
> inspired some changes to our own.
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