Re: [Ksummit-discuss] [PATCH] code-of-conduct: Remove explicit list of discrimination factors

From: Mark Brown
Date: Wed Oct 17 2018 - 14:36:52 EST

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 08:21:02AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:31:35AM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:13 AM Josh Triplett <josh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > > it does, however, ensure that the listed cases *are*,
> > > and helps people know that they're covered.

> > So you agree people cannot know if the unlisted cases are covered or not?

> People in underrepresented and commonly marginalized groups, especially
> those more commonly overlooked, don't always know if a given group has
> taken their particular group into account or given any thought to it.
> Explicit inclusion helps, and this is a standard guideline often cited
> for good codes of conduct.

I have heard some complaints that the strong push to include these lists
has ended up devaluing them, it becomes hard for people to tell if the
list is just a cut'n'paste job or if the people responsible for the code
of conduct really understand the issues affecting the groups they
include and it can be extra disappointing if there are problems. I
particularly remember a friend of mine getting into an argument with a
conference being hosted somewhere where being gay was a capital offence
questioning the inclusion of sexuality on their list, it seemed fairly
clear that the organizers meant well and were trying to do the right
thing but weren't really aware.

This doesn't mean don't try but it's definitely a factor to consider,
especially when using an off the shelf code of conduct - there's just
never going to be a single right answer with a lot of this stuff.

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