[Members] NEW: XEP-0458 (Community Code of Conduct)

Matthew Wild mwild1 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 13:16:25 UTC 2021

On Fri, 11 Jun 2021 at 13:51, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> wrote:
> Many small organizations have come under pressure or influence to have a
> CoC when they request a booth at an event or a speaker requests travel
> funding.  If the XSF received such pressure or influence it would be
> useful to disclose that.

I am not aware of any such pressure, nor am I aware that we have been
asked to have a CoC or similar document by any organisation we have
dealt with.

This current movement was sparked by an incident in an XSF-hosted
community chat, and people on both "sides" called into question the
lack of any published policy or guidelines on acceptable behaviour in
that venue. The board agreed that it makes sense that we should make
clear what is and isn't acceptable, not only in that specific venue,
but in all XSF venues and interactions.

The incident in question involved members who were not part of the
core community, and were possibly unfamiliar with what we as a
community consider to be acceptable behaviour. We have now documented
this, which I think is a good thing.

> Given that the XSF and XMPP is fundamentally about communication (from a
> technology perspective), I would suggest that this is a community that
> could seek to take a step back and look at the big picture.
> Understanding the ways that people communicate and behave can help
> improve things in both the technology and organizational domain.  It is
> an opportunity for XSF to show significant leadership by putting the CoC
> on hold and doing a wide-ranging examination of online communities,
> remote working issues, membership rights and human rights as they all
> intersect with the CoC.

I think debating "what if"s is premature. There are infinite ways that
a community can go bad, with or without a CoC. There is no need for us
to try and enumerate them. If at some point people feel that the
document and the processes it describes are not functioning correctly,
we can adapt accordingly - we have processes for that. But I would
hope and expect that none of us expect this document to need frequent


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