Who made the law?

Dave Cross dave at dave.org.uk
Fri Aug 31 10:23:48 BST 2012

Quoting Leo Lapworth <leo at cuckoo.org>:

> On 30 August 2012 21:28, Mark Fowler <mark at twoshortplanks.com> wrote:
>> On Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 14:14, Ash Berlin wrote:
>> > On 30 Aug 2012, at 18:47, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
>> > > Where is the usage policy of #london.pm IRC channel.
>> >
>> We don't have one.  We should have one.  And not just for irc, but for the
>> mailing lists and for real live events.  Here, let me write one (or at
>> least steal one.)
>> Here's the nutshell version, stolen from Tim O'Reilly, which was stolen
>> from Flickr.
>>    Don’t be creepy. You know the guy. Don't be that guy.
>> Here's my longer drawn out version, stolen from YAPC::NA's code of
>> conduct.  Comments on this are genuinely welcome, and I'll leave it to the
>> current London.pm leader to make a call on what exactly we should adopt (if
>> anything)
>> Code of Conduct
>> 1. Purpose
>> London.pm believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As
>> such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming  
>> environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation,  
>> disability, ethnicity, religion,preferred operating system,  
>> programming language, or text editor.
>> This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as
>> well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
>> We invite all posters to the mailing list, members of the irc channels,
>> event attendees, London.pm t-shirt wearers and other participants in the
>> London.pm community to help us realise a safe and positive  
>> experience for everyone.
>> 2. Expected Behavior
>> Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
>> Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior, speech, and
>> electronic communication. Be aware that what may be mild banter to you
>> might be perceived as demeaning, discriminatory or harassing  
>> behavior to other members or potential members of the wider  
>> London.pm community.
>> Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert the
>> London.pm leaders (part or present,) or event organisers if you notice a
>> dangerous situation or someone in distress.
>> Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to
>> improve the London.pm community.
>> 3. Unacceptable Behavior
>> Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive,
>> discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct on the mailing lists, irc
>> channels and while attending London.pm events and related events. Be aware
>> London.pm venues may be shared with members of the public; please be
>> respectful to all patrons of these locations. Be aware that  
>> electronic communications are effectively archived forever and are  
>> accessible to the public and therefore become the "public face" of  
>> London.pm.
>> Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual
>> orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or
>> sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate
>> intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording;
>> sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical
>> contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
>> 4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
>> Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated by anyone associated with the
>> London.pm community.
>> Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply
>> immediately.
>> If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the London.pm leaders
>> (past and present,) event organisers, or any person delegated  
>> responsibility by the aforementioned may take any action they deem  
>> appropriate, up to and
>> including permanent expulsion from the event, mailing list or irc channel.
>> 5. What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior
>> If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is
>> being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please
>> notify a London.pm leader (past or present,) event organiser, or any person
>> delegated to handle this task by the aforementioned as soon as possible.
>> These people will be available to help participants contact law
>> enforcement, and in the case of in-person events contact venue  
>> security, to >> provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those  
>> experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of  
>> the event.
>> Members of the London.pm community are encouraged to bring these matters
>> to the attention of the London.pm leaders, event organisers, and delegated
>> representatives rather then dealing with issues solely themselves so
>> matters can be dealt with properly in a manner that does not expose  
>> those members to accusations of personal vendettas. Issues of  
>> harassment are important, and as such we are keen that issues are  
>> seen to be dealt with at a community wide level.
>> 6. Scope
>> We expect all people participating in the London.pm community, be it in
>> person or through electronic communication, to abide by this code of conduct
>> whenever they participate in the London.pm community.
>> 7. Contact info
>> leader at london.pm.org
>> 8. License and attribution
>> Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
>> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
>> Adapted from the YAPC::NA community guidelines which can be found at
>> http://yapcna.org/conference/code-of-conduct
> +1
> Other than:
> "London.pm leaders (part or present,)" should be "London.pm leaders (past
> or present)"
> Again up to current leader - as London.pm is not and never has been a
> democracy.

Also, the spelling of "behaviour" needs to be fixed throughout.

Otherwise, it would definitely get my vote. If we were voting. Which  
we're not.



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