[Standards] actual evidence on CoCs (legal judgements)

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Tue Mar 15 19:11:48 UTC 2022

This week's judgment / verdict on WeMakeFedora.org may be the first time
a Code of Conduct has been tested by a neutral external observer

In January, Matthew Miller and other rogue elements of the Fedora world
wrote some unpleasant things about WeMakeFedora.org on the Fedora
community blog

A legal panel convened under the UDRP has given a verdict: Miller's
attempt to "enforce" his CoC amounts to harassment, abuse of process and
an attempt at Reverse Domain Name Hijacking


Red Hat was represented by a lawyer, the Institute was not.  The
conclusion is a damning indictment on the CoC-culture

On 04/02/2022 18:15, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> I'm putting this in a separate thread because it doesn't relate to the
> specific text that is currently proposed.  Feel free to use this thread
> for any links to evidence or research for or against having a CoC.
> We've all seen a lot of news about vaccine development lately.  Pharma
> companies need to put their products through 3 phases of trials to prove
> they are not harmful.
> Has there ever been any empirical research into the impact of CoC and
> alternatives?
> a) what are the goals of the CoC?
> b) how do we measure those goals?
> c) does the CoC achieve those goals?
> d) are there any side effects?
> One of the arguments people make for having a CoC elsewhere is that it
> will improve female participation.  When a researcher tried to count the
> number of women he was accused of CoC breaking:
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2021/01/msg00000.html
> David Arroyo Menéndez:
> "I've generated the graph to count males and females in Debian"
> Steve McIntyre:
> "Please do *not* send any more messages to Debian lists about
> this project in future. If you do, we will need to request that <b>you
> be banned from the communication channels of the project"
> I went and published my own figures and they were shared on sites like
> Phoronix:
> https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Debian-Participation-Study-21
> "Surprisingly, the data from Pocock points to there actually being less
> women (including trans) involved in Debian in the more recent years
> since the Code of Conduct was enacted"
> Debian refuses to discuss the research, they prefer to attack the
> person.  In other words, the CoC completely contradicts itself.
> Regards,
> Daniel

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