[LGM] Sponsoring: Python and Code of Conduct

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Wed Dec 12 09:20:40 PST 2012

On 12/12/2012 08:42 AM, ale rimoldi wrote:
> hi
>> Hello
>> For some years we had support from the Python foundation for LGM (3000
>> euros). If we would manage to have their support again this year it
>> would be an important contribution, both in money and network.
>> We can rework the application we did in 2010
>> http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/documents/LGM2010/dossiers/PSF_LGM.pdf
>> Are you OK with a Code of Conduct for LGM?
>> http://pyfound.blogspot.nl/2012/12/psf-moves-to-require-code-of-conduct.html
> TL;DR: if we write a code of conduct, please let's create a list of
> positive behaviors we want to promote.
> personally, i don't feel comfortable with a policy like the ones
> presented by the python foundation.
> while i agree that a software conference like ours should not be
> sexualized or racist (among all the potential "exclusive" behaviors that
> you can think of), i don't value a list like the one i read at
> https://us.pycon.org/2012/codeofconduct/ .
> from the experiences i have had at the LGM, i don't think we need a code
> of conduct...
> ... but if we ever feel the need of such a paper (even just for formal
> reason, like being able to apply for specific funds), i would welcome a
> nice, friendly and positive code of conduct stressing which behaviors
> make a good LGM.

Yes, I agree. We might call it a Code of Respect, rather than a Code of
Conduct. One of the things we face in particular in the world of
graphics and design is that graphic art is sometimes about pushing
boundaries. Yet we don't want to see someone being controversial for the
sake of controversy, since we want LGM to be famous, not notorious.

I can't recall where it is, but we have had something like
recommendations for mail list etiquette for Scribus, which gave some
guidance on what was appropriate and not for the mail list. It has
always been something which is "policed", if you will, in an ad hoc way,
so that anyone could speak up about something they felt was or could be
offensive. We also recognized, however, that there is more likely some
cross-cultural misunderstandings that will likely occur from time to
time, so that it's better to educate someone who misspoke rather than
castigate them.


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