Code of Conduct Update – March 20, 2018

We met today to go over feedback on the Code of Conduct survey as the final stage before sending out the survey. Based on the feedback we received, and our discussion in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at, we made the following changes:

  • Changed the introductory wording based on Andrea Middleton’s suggestions
  • In question #10, we added an option for “At work, when work involves contributing to the WordPress project.”
  • In question #10, we changed the question from “Which of the following do you consider to be places where a general Code of Conduct should be enforced by a member of the WordPress community?” to “Which of the following do you consider to be places where a general Code of Conduct should be enforced?” At this point, the survey is not dealing with questions of who should enforce the CoC, just questions about where it should apply.
  • Changed question #11 to “How much do you agree with the following statement: ‘The WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project should have one common Code of Conduct that governs the spaces selected in the previous question.'” The previous phrasing asked if the Code of Conduct should apply to official and unofficial spaces, which could lead users to provide an answer contradictory to their answer to #10.
  • Eliminated question #12, because it was redundant with question #10.
  • We spent a long time discussing the confusing formatting of question #17 (about gender identity).
  • We discussed changing the gender options in question #17, and decided to consult with some outside resources to find the best list of gender-identity options that will not alienate anyone.

At this point, the survey is basically ready to send out.