Proposal for permanent change of word for Code of Conduct

A couple of days ago, there was a discussion on Slack #community-events about how communities in India address anti-caste discrimination for Meetups and WordCamps. Currently the word “caste” is not part of or mentioned in the Code of Conduct.

Discrimination on caste basis has been a historical problem for societies across India and much of South Asia. For example, in India there is a law against discrimination, yet bias and exclusion happens regularly. More context and information can be found at the Wiki article Caste System in India and Affrimative action.

I propose we add the word “caste” in the code of conduct wording.

The change will be from:

WordCamp CITYNAMEHERE believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor

to

WordCamp CITYNAMEHERE believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, caste, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor

This change will acknowledge that discrimination or exclusion on caste basis is not acceptable at meetups, WordCamps and other WordPress events. Apart from serving as a deterrent, it would empower participants of WordPress events to be able to address violations in a more formal way.

Thoughts and comments welcome.

#code-of-conduct

Community Code of Conduct

A Community Code of Conduct has been proposed on meta trac: https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/957

Please join in on the ticket if you have feedback or suggestions.

#code-of-conduct

Ally Workshops

The Ada Initiative’s Ally Workshop curriculum is available online (scroll down to resources). This is something we’ve talked about wanting to be able to use for a longish time now, and I have to admit I’m a little bit bummed to be exiting just as it could be a new program for us. I have gone through the ally workshop twice — once at OSBridge and once at AdaCamp, and I do think that it is a useful format for helping people (but especially men) realize that some things they thought were not sexist (or homophobic, or transphobic, or racist, or generally inappropriate) actually are, without it getting called out in a real situation that might inspire defensiveness. That said, the people who tend toward this behavior are not exactly the folks who’ll volunteer to go to an ally workshop in the first place. 🙂

But! How can we leverage these materials best? Ask meetups to do a workshop? Sucker people into it at a WC? Run some test workshops in select cities, with experienced community team members as the facilitators? Create a shortened version with examples that are more specific to our community and that can be conducted in 2 hours so it falls into a normal meetup time slot? Come up with a name that focuses more on being a better WP citizen and less on being an ally (insider terminology)?

As we regroup to tackle the code of conduct, this could be a good vehicle for communication those expectations that are a little too granular to put in a document like that.

Ideas, suggestions, etc. in the comments!

#ada-initiative, #ally-workshop, #behavior, #code-of-conduct