RFC: YAPC Code of conduct up on github?

Karen Pauley karen at martian.org
Fri Mar 22 18:28:04 PDT 2013

On 23 March 2013 09:17, Robert Blackwell <robert at robertblackwell.com> wrote:
> I think this is a great idea to have the community work on the Code of
> Conduct but do note that TPF has/had a lawyer helping to write a Code
> of Conduct. Can someone from TPF chime to say if we can run a new
> community edited Code of Conduct by the lawyers and what would the
> timeframe be?  There already is a CoC for YAPC::NA,
> http://www.yapcna.org/yn2013/code-of-conduct.html.

When you sign-up for YAPC this year you check a box saying you agree
to that specific code of conduct - the details of which are listed
I don't believe that we are going to be able to change that document
before YAPC::NA as we not only would we have to run it past lawyers we
would have to get every attendee who has agreed to the current one to
agree to the new document.  And whilst I am sure someone could come up
with a technology solution for that we will run into problems with
people having agreed to different versions of the code.  (Could we
really turn people away who have agreed to the current code of conduct
and have already paid and registered but who didn't happen to like the
language in the new one?)

Also it's so quick to write a phrase like - run it past lawyers - but
in reality it takes a long time.  I started to work on the current
code of conduct last August and I don't think it was ready to go on
the website until around January this year.

Going forward from this year's YAPC::NA I do believe that this
document needs to evolve to reflect the ethos of the community.  I'd
be happy to have interested parties work on improving the code -
though we will have to let our lawyer look at any changes for a code
we were planning on using at YAPC::NA.

All the best,


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