[Pharo-users] Code of Conduct

Serge Stinckwich serge.stinckwich at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 03:33:16 EDT 2019


On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 2:11 AM James Foster <Smalltalk at jgfoster.net> wrote:

> One side-effect of the “Covenant” discussion is that it is necessarily
> political, which is something that many (rightly, in my view) are trying to
> avoid. While I agree with most of the views expressed so far, I cringe
> because I anticipate that someone who disagrees will feel the compulsion to
> tell us that we are wrong, and things will go bad from there.
>
> I haven’t reviewed the full email chain, but I’ve spent a few minutes
> searching pharo.org for “code of conduct” and “covenant” and come up
> empty. Before we continue the discussion of how “woke" (politically
> correct) we want to be, could someone confirm that this "dastardly deed"
> (imposing a progressive “Covenant” without asking for agreement) was
> actually done? Maybe a troll has just dropped a fire cracker on us and is
> sitting back, enjoying watching us run around screaming!
>
> If there was, indeed, adoption of a “Covenant” it should have been done by
> the board whose role “is to make decisions if in the future the community
> can't decide on a course of action” (https://pharo.org/about).
>
> I suggest that we *suspend discussion* of the politics of speech codes
> until we confirm that there is one for Pharo. At that point we politely
> (but pointedly) ask the board (publicly and privately) to explain what
> prompted the decision to adopt a Code (is it really necessary?) and how
> this one was selected. Note that part of the reason for limiting discussion
> is to avoid attracting attention of outsiders who will want to shape the
> discussion. Let’s stop kicking up dust for the moment!
>
>
Dear James,
I'm the one who submit the PR for the CoC. Similar text are adopted by a
lot of open-source communities or conferences in order to enhance diversity.
I read again this morning the document here:
https://github.com/pharo-project/pharo/blob/Pharo8.0/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md
and for me this quite neutral and I see nothing political here.
I agree with you that this kind of document should have been discussed by
the Pharo board and you can propose it for the next meeting.

I'm a bit suprised by some overeactions here on the mailing-list.
Apparently the Pharo community will be soon be doomed or under attack of
nasty leftist activists ...
But I will not discuss endlessly about that.


> If we need a Code of Conduct, I respectfully suggest we start with ACM (
> https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics) which has what should be adequate
> anti-discrimination provisions (see 1.4 for a list of “underrepresented”
> groups) to satisfy the progressives among us.
>
>
Thank you James to move the discussion on github.

Cheers,
-- 
Serge Stinckwic
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