[OSGeo-Discuss] Code of Conduct Implementation Plan Was: Code of Conduct in Real Case

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jun 24 07:46:53 PDT 2015

Hi Kate,

I came up with a 1st September deadline in my head because I don't want 
the FOSS4G event to come along without some sort of way to handle 
reports.  We can ignore the deadline, but I wanted to let everyone know 
that a process is really needed, besides text on a webpage.   You and I 
and others were part of these offline implementation plan discussions, 
which were great, but I think it stalled when selecting the name of the 

Maybe what is best is if we move those private discussions to here, on 
this list.

I do notice now that Camille has been recently adding to the initial 
wiki page for the possible committee: 

As noted in offline discussions, we can always create a new wiki page if 
we need to rename the committee.


On 2015-06-24 11:21 AM, Kate Chapman wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> I thought this comment deserved its own discussion. While I agree that
> not having an implementation plan for the Code of Conduct is not
> acceptable I view it as just as unacceptable to switch to a diversity
> statement. When I registered for FOSS4G last week it was with the
> understanding that OSGEO has adopted a Code of Conduct. If this is
> simply switched to a diversity statement I will not be attending FOSS4G.
> I am not the only women I know that would feel the same way.
> I do not attend conferences without a Code of Conduct and some companies
> do not sponsor conferences without a Code of Conduct.
> I will assist in the implementation, but I am not leading it. I am
> willing to volunteer as a contact to assist people at FOSS4G if the
> implementation plan includes the need for a contact person (which I
> suspect it would).
> -Kate
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 5:03 AM, Jeff McKenna
> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>>
> wrote:
>     I thank Sanghee for bringing this to the community.  I want to point out
>     that having just a "Code of Conduct", words, on a website is not enough,
>     there needs to be a whole structure of how to handle this.  In bold
>     letters I want to state publicly: there is currently no implementation
>     plan for the OSGeo Code of Conduct.  This is not acceptable.  A few good
>     volunteers have been discussing offline how to setup an implementation
>     plan, as well as possibly even a new OSGeo committee for this, great,
>     but, it is still in discussion stage.  Without some sort of plan,
>     community members are already contacting me directly with reports, and I
>     have no formal way to handle these reports.  (Sanghee was nice enough to
>     help me solve this together publicly, but, this obviously cannot apply
>     to all reports)
>     I suggest, propose, that if there is no implementation plan for the Code
>     of Conduct by the 1st of September, that the Code of Conduct is removed
>     from all visible OSGeo pages, and is replaced with a simple Diversity
>     statement.
>     I am sorry for being direct here, but, as you can see, this needs to
>     move forward, or not at all.
>     -jeff

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