2018 first #ccoc project meeting

After WCUS and the festive holidays of Decemeber, we’re going to get back on our #CCOC meetings at 23rd January 2018 16:30 UTC, in the #community-team slack channel.

The agenda will include:

  • An update on the project situation
  • Review of all discussions of collection demographic data
  • Outline a road map to getting the survey shipped.

CCOC project meeting notes – 17th & 31st October

17th October Notes:

A quick catch up on the meeting that happened on the 17th October

@mor10 and @morgankay were in attendance and shared the survey they have been working on.

They had it sent to an 3rd party survey expert to get feedback on the language and questions used in the survey.

31st October Meeting Notes:

The group met in the #community-team Slack.

Thanks to the people who participated: @sippis, @andreamiddleton, @morgankay, @mor10

The research CoC has a few more entries. The problem has been finding public articles about CoC situations that have been enforced and also articles against a CoC.

The CCoC survey has been reviewed by the survey expert and comments have been actioned.

The survey is now ready for review. The new questions are found under the Questions – Proposed header. Reasoning and discussion are found in the Questions – Draft header.

Please add comments to the survey document with anything you want to raise relating to the questions of the comments.

Next actions for the survey:

  • Put survey questions into a survey collection method.
  • Roll out the survey.
  • Publicise the survey.
  • Set a hard limit on return date

There was a discussion on how to push the survey. The discussion included a debate on how much pushing did we want to do for the survey and the balance between getting large dataset and not having a skewed dataset based on one portion of the community.

The idea came to do two things:

  1. Email all meet up group organisers with information about the survey and ask them to share it with their meet up groups.
  2. Post on all Make P2s.

Some concerns include ensuring that there is clear communication about the intent of the project and the survey.

There was an idea to bundle some other Community related information in the same blast-out or if it was important to to have the message exclusively CoC-related. It would be good to know what potential information the bundle would include before making a decision.

There was also a lively debate over whether we should ask about any demographics of the survey responders.

Polldaddy records location and IP address by default. in the past the Community team has received a lot of pushback about asking demographic info in surveys. The outcome is that @mor10 is going to ask the survey expert how they do it to ensure it is far.

There was the question of whether we need the demographic information, because we shouldn’t be asking for information we don’t need. The thought behind the demographic data is that if marginalized people say we need a code of conduct and non-marginalized people don’t, then we need a code of conduct.

Group’s TODO:

Next Meeting:

Next meeting is on 14th November 2017 at 15:00UTC


CCOC project meeting notes – 3rd October

The group met in the #community-team Slack at its new time of 15:00 UTC.

There were no objections on the previous meetings workflow and flowchart proposals. We have made PDF format of the workflow and flowchart and uploaded them onto this site so that they are stored for clarity.

We then reviewed the amount of research the group had found so far on COCs inside and outside of technology. We have found there are many examples of COC documents but not so many exampels of published enforcement reports or articles or information on why people find COCs problematic.

We agreed that it would be benefitcal to find more informaion to why and how people find COCs problematic and add them to the spreadsheet. We have also done a public call for examples of such articles on twitter to see if we can find where these articles are. @danieltj has kindly offered to concentrate on the task.

@mor10 and @morgankay have yet to sync up to do a first draft of the COC survey. The survey was originally thought of as a survey for WordCamp and Meetup organisers and attendees, but agreement has been foudn to boarden the target audience of the survey to be all WordPress community members.

@mor10 asked what questions and topics we are hoping to get from the survey.
As a starting point the survey will include the following:

a) whether people know the event CoC at all
b) whether they have experienced a CoC violation
c) whether it was reported
d) whether it was handled
e) whether they think handling was successful

We have agreed before the survey is published and circulated that htere should be a chance for the ccoc group to review the survey and give feedback.

We also discussed how we will be make sure the survey reaches the community. There was the idea of emailing all wordcamp andmeetup organisers via the WP.org Community Team. We would have to see if the Community Team felt comfortable emailing everyone about the survey. Other options will include reaching out to WordPress related news outlets.

There was also a post-meeting discussion, about whether the CCOC project is to update the WordCamp Code of Conduct and expand its scope to become a WordPress Community Code of Conduct (CCoC) adhere to.

I would like to take a moment to make it clear, that this project is currently all research driven. Our interest in the COC that in-person events ( such as WordCamps and meetups ) use, is to see if there is anything the whole project could learn from and whether what was written a few moons ago, still holds up in the WordPress.org landscape today.

The outcome of the research may or may not include recommendations to the WordCamp COC but will always be a recommodation that the community as a whole will need to decide to accept or reject.

I would like to thank @andreamiddleton for asking the question and if there is anything that is unclear, please do pipe up.

### Get involved
If you have any questions or topics that you think teh survey should include, please share them in the comments below.

We have a shortage of `anti-coc concerns articles/ posts` or ` COC Issues/ incident reports or stories`. If anyone knows of any links to any published articles or posts on either topic, please add thenm to the relevent tab in the CCOC Research spreadsheet or post links as a comment to this post and i’ll add them in.

### Personal Note:
I will be in transit for the next meeting. If i have timed my flights correctly, I should be in a location with WIFI and therefore can chair the meeting.

If I am not available, I would appreciate it if someone else could chair the meeting. I will be looking for a backup chair over the next week. Any one who would like to do it please just let me know.


CCOC project meeting notes –19th September

The group met in the #community-team Slack to review the following things:

  • nail down a workflow
  • make some decisions about how to move forward
  • how to manage time
  • set some loose deadlines
  • decide on the CCOC meeting time, date and frequency.

The notes will go in order of what happened:

Agendas: Nail down a workflow, make some decisions about how to move forward, & set some loose deadlines

We reviewed the proposed workflow document and flowchart from @mor10. We noted that it was lacking any deadlines, and proceeded to have a discssuon on that. We wanted to reframe from setting any deadlines which were too tight or or unachieveable whilst keeping momentum.

The conclusion was made to set a general benchmark of 4 weeks for each phase, decide on a roadmap for the first 3 or 4 phases today and reevaluate for the next phases later on. This would give us some data in regards to how long things take for the group.

  • Phrase 1 – Discovery : 4 weeks – Note we’re at the start of week 3 currently.
  • Phrase 2 – Research : 4 weeks
  • Phrase 3 – Motivation & Goals : 4 weeks
  • Phrase 4 – Pre-Mortem 1 – 2 weeks


If no one has any objections to the deadlines above being added to the workflow, then we will add them in and save the whole workflow as a PDF and upload them here. This is to ensure that there is a hard copy of the workflow that is not editable.

If there are no objections to this in the comments of this post, by the 26th September, I will assume everyone is in favour and move forward with the proposed.

Agenda : how to manage time & decide on the CCOC meeting time, date and frequency

The group is currently made of people from all over the globe – specifically – Europe, Japan and West Coast America.

We reviewed the time date and frequency of the meetings based on having enough time to slot the project into our busy lives.

The day and frequency were fine for everyone who was at the meeting.

The current meeting time meant that for people joining in Japan, it was 2AM.

We have worked out a better meeting team for the group would be 15:00 UTC .


We want to propose that starting with the next meeting on the 3rd October, that meetings will start at 15:00 UTC with a two week frequency.

If there are no objections to this in the comments of this post, by the 26th September, then we will assume that the new time is suitable for all.

To do for our next meeting

As we’re still in our discovery stage, we are still looking for more links to more articles, research and COCs from inside and outside our community to be added to the research spreadsheet.

We are also looking for comments  from  the community on any fo the links, so it would be great if people can take the time to share any issues they have and any comments they have on the information we have found so far.

If I have missed anything from the meeting please correct me in the comments below and I’ll update them.

Thanks for reading these notes. Any comments, ideas, suggestions , as always, welcomed below.


CCOC project meeting notes – 5th September

I am super sorry that these notes didn’t go up earlier.

In the last week, i have learnt to post notes straight after a meeting or it never happens.

Recap of the meeting we had on the Community-Team Slack channel.

  • We introduced ourselves and said what our interest in the project was.
  • Discussed researching Cocs as part of discovery.
    Three labels were suggested as topics that the research can be catergorised into
    1. Document existing CoCs
    2. Document CoC issues/stories etc
    3. Anti-group – document concerns around CoC
  • There is now an open spreadsheet with the three tabs as suggestions.
  • We had a discussion also about whether we should keep our chats in the Community-team channel or move it to a Community-coc channel. There are pros and cons to both.The people who are attending from the APAC region have said they would prefer it to be in a different channel so that the conversation can be kept asynchonlosy. @pento has pointed out that p2 can be where conversations are asyc.

    It is a pro that it is visible in the community-team chat, but there is the downside that people from other teams may not want to be in the community-team chat for everything else that happens in the channel and thus leave the channel.

    Considering that the CCOC project is meant to be not just for the community-team but for the whole WordPress project to see what, where, if and how it is applied, I would like to hear more from others on whether we should or should not branch to another channel.|

  • There was a suggestion that the group meets this week ( actually now today ) specifically to
    • nail down a workflow
    • make some decisions about how to move forward
    • how to manage time
    • set some loose deadlines
    • decide on the CCOC meeting time, date and frequency.


The first aim of the project is to add any COC research links to the spreadsheet in the tab that it should be grouped under.

We are looking for breadths of opinions, research, situations where a COC may have been valuable and also where as a COC has caused harm.

We also want research into COC – like policies from other industries and the space that they are defined for.

Next meeting – reviewing workflow

There is also the aim of the next meetup ( Today at 17:00 UTC) to review the workflow that has been suggested as a starting point.

Due to the nature of the late posting of these meetup notes, I want to suggest that we push the workflow meeting one week to allow everyone to review the links and documents below.

Thank you @mor10 for spending the time to suggest a workflow. We can use this as a base to edit to our needs so that we do not need to start from a blank sheet of paper.

The workflow comes in two parts. A flow diagram and a write up.

It would be great if people attending the CCOC workflow meeting read the documents and leave comments or bring their ideas and concerns to the meeting.

I do apologies for the Pacific Time zone peopel who may be getting up early for this meeting. My tariness should not have affected you or this project. I will move forward and aim to do better.


Community Conduct Project – Kick off meeting scheduled for 17:00 UTC on the 5th September 2017

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for everyone who replied to the proposal for the WordPress Community Conduct Project. We have recieved lots of great feedback and positivity towards the project both in person at WordCamp Europe and online.

We’re kicking off the project on the 5th September 2017 17:00 UTC on the WordPress Slack #community channel

Please see update post for more details..

We will spend some of the time during the meeting to discuss when the best time to meet will be for everyone who wants to participate in the project.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Proposal: WordPress Community Conduct Project

Update: We’re kicking off the project on the 5th September 2017 at 17:00 UTC on the WordPress Slack #community channel

Please see update post for more details.

In 2012 a Code of Conduct was introduced for official WordPress events to make WordCamps safer and more inclusive. It is now applied to all WordCamps worldwide and anyone who attends a WordCamp automatically agrees to it.

Since the Code of Conduct was first introduced, the community has grown and diversified.

At the 2015 Community Summit, a group discussed expanding the scope of the WordCamp Code of Conduct to apply to the WordPress community as a whole. Work on such a Community Code of Conduct has been ongoing since early 2013, and a ticket was created in 2015, but no finalized version has ever been presented to the community and ratified.

The WordCamp Code of Conduct has been active for 5 years as a tool to promote the safety and inclusion of all community members at WordCamps world wide. The Community Conduct Project aims to expand the scope of the Code of Conduct to promote the same values of safety and inclusion in all official community spaces including WordCamps, WordPress Meetups, official fora and websites including comment sections, and official chat channels (specifically Slack and IRC).


Everything needs a starting point, so this began as a proposal by Jenny Wong and Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and reviewed by various community members.

We would like to now take this opportunity to share this project proposal with you all, the amazing WordPress community.

We propose a new Community Conduct Project to update the WordCamp Code of Conduct and expand its scope to become a WordPress Community Code of Conduct (CCoC).

The Project has two main goals:

a) Create a CCoC, to be posted on WordPress.org, promoting safety and inclusion for all community members in community spaces,


b) create a system for reporting, handling, and resolution of CCoC-related issues as they arise.

To meet these goals, several questions need to be answered including:

  • Who can be called a “WordPress Community Member”?
  • In what spaces does the CCoC apply?
  • Under what circumstances can a person be considered to be acting as a community member?
  • What values and ideals would a CCOC protect?
  • Based on these values and ideals, what is the baseline assumption a person can expect whilst being in a WP space.
  • What spaces, physical or virtual, are considered “community spaces” in which all members can be expected to promote and/or adhere to these values and ideals and any agreed upon community guidelines derived from them?

The answers to these questions will help inform the process of drafting a new CCoC, a system for reporting, handling, and resolving issues, which will become the enforcement procedures based on WordPress community values.

The work will be done in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Community review and input on the existing Code of Conduct including a survey for the community to participate in.
  • Phase 2: Review and categorize feedback.
  • Phase 3: Draft a revised Code of Conduct based on feedback from Phases 1 and 2.

The first task of the project will be to gather data about the current Code of Conduct. As a starting point, we have prepared a draft for a survey to be discussed by the group at the first meeting. This survey will be published publicly to learn more about how the current CoC is used in the real world.

Join In

Any and all community members are encouraged to provide input and/or join the project, no previous skills or experience required. In particular, we are seeking diverse voices so if you identify as a member of a diverse, underrepresented, or marginalized group you are encouraged to join.

All meetings will be conducted in the #community-team Slack channel, and minutes published on the Make Community blog to ensure full transparency using the tag CCOC. Working documents will be available for review by the community throughout the project and these will be linked at the end of each post.

If you or someone you know are interested in contributing to this project, please leave a comment below providing a rough ideal time in UTC format, which timezone you are based in and join the #community-team channel. Before scheduling a regular meeting time, we will review the ideal times and timezones of interested community members, to ensure everyone can take part.

Thanks for reading  <3

#ccoc, #proposal