[llvm-dev] RFC: Introducing an LLVM Community Code of Conduct

Philip Reames via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Oct 13 14:45:25 PDT 2015

+1 to the general idea of a CoC

A couple of specific thoughts:

1) It would have been nice for this not to appeared out of thin air.  In 
an ideal world, a previous update would have mentioned ongoing thought 
and research in this area.

2) Several folks have mentioned that they'd like to see this less 
verbose.  I disagree, but I do think that it sometimes comes across as 
focusing too much on the details.  It might be good to summarize the 
general principals, and then list for the more legalistic bits as notes 
or footnotes.  Make it clear that a list isn't the *point*, but it does 
help to clarify.

3) I really liked the suggestion down thread of reframing "reporting" as 
"asking for moderation".  I think it needs to be clear that there can be 
consequences, but focusing on resolving the situation at hand seems like 
a better starting point for most discussions.


On 10/12/2015 06:42 PM, Chandler Carruth via llvm-dev wrote:
> Greetings everyone,
> On behalf of the board of the LLVM Foundation, I’d like to start the 
> process of introducing a formal code of conduct for the community.
> For a long time, various members of the community have been enforcing 
> basic reasonable and respectful behavior, but to an outsider this may 
> not be obvious. A public code of conduct advertises the behavior we 
> expect of community members and clarifies our stance. Having this is 
> something the board feels very strongly about and we know many others 
> in the community do as well. We also think it is important that we 
> establish this prior to the upcoming developer meeting.
> When researching this for the board, I looked at a large number of 
> example codes of conduct from various conferences and communities, and 
> I kept coming back to the Django Project’s code of conduct which I 
> think is an extremely good fit for the LLVM community (several other 
> open source projects have ended up using it as well). I have adapted 
> it for our community and our needs, and have a text version below.
> Some important considerations:
> - It covers all of the different ways our community has of 
> interacting, not just a mailing list or the conference.
> - It makes very clear the kinds of conduct that are unacceptable, 
> which in research has proven to be very important for such codes of 
> conduct to be effective in practice.
> - It has specific instructions for reporting violations and gives 
> those who report issues reasonable expectations for what the response 
> will be. Again, in my research this has been identified as being a 
> very important aspect to making a code of conduct effective in practice.
> - It does not try to be pedantic or have an overly complex set of rules.
> We think that this strikes a good balance and would like to propose 
> the following document for the LLVM project. Once all the comments are 
> addressed, we plan to add it to the LLVM documentation and link to it 
> from relevant places. The “Reporting Guidelines” will be a separate 
> (linked) document for folks to reference if needed. We will also start 
> the process of forming and organizing an advisory committee to handle 
> these kinds of issues.
> -Chandler, on behalf of the board
> ----
> # LLVM Community Code of Conduct #
> We want to ensure that the LLVM community, while large and diverse, 
> remains welcoming and respectful to all participants. To that end, we 
> have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to.
> This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, 
> take it in the spirit in which it’s intended - a guide to make it 
> easier to communicate and participate in the community.
> This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by the LLVM project 
> or The LLVM Foundation. This includes IRC channels, mailing lists, bug 
> trackers, LLVM events such as the developer meetings and socials, and 
> any other forums created by the project that the community uses for 
> communication. It applies to all of your communication and conduct in 
> these spaces, including emails, chats, things you say, slides, videos, 
> posters, signs, or even t-shirts you display in these spaces. In 
> addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a 
> person's ability to participate within them.
> If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that 
> you report it by emailing conduct at llvm.org <mailto:conduct at llvm.org>. 
> For more details please see our Reporting Guidelines.
> - *Be friendly and patient.*
> - *Be welcoming.* We strive to be a community that welcomes and 
> supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but 
> is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national 
> origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, 
> educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and 
> expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and 
> mental and physical ability.
> - *Be considerate.* Your work will be used by other people, and you in 
> turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will 
> affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences 
> into account when making decisions. Remember that we're a world-wide 
> community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary 
> language.
> - *Be respectful.* Not all of us will agree all the time, but 
> disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might 
> all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that 
> frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember 
> that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not 
> a productive one. Members of the LLVM community should be respectful 
> when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the 
> LLVM community.
> - *Be careful in the words that you choose.* We are a community of 
> professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to 
> others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and 
> other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is 
> not limited to:
>   - Violent threats or language directed against another person.
>   - Discriminatory jokes and language.
>   - Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
>   - Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally 
> identifying information ("doxing").
>   - Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
>   - Unwelcome sexual attention.
>   - Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
>   - Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to 
> stop, then stop.
> - *When we disagree, try to understand why.* Disagreements, both 
> social and technical, happen all the time and LLVM is no exception. It 
> is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views 
> constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of LLVM 
> comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of 
> backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. 
> Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean 
> that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming 
> each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to 
> resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
> ## Questions? ##
> If you have questions, please see feel free to contact the LLVM 
> Foundation Code of Conduct Advisory Committee by emailing 
> conduct at llvm.org <mailto:conduct at llvm.org>.
> (This text is based on the Django Project Code of Conduct, which is in 
> turn based on wording from the Speak Up! project.)
> ----
> # Reporting Guide #
> If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct we ask that 
> you report it to the LLVM Foundation by emailing conduct at llvm.org 
> <mailto:conduct at llvm.org>. *All reports will be kept confidential.* In 
> some cases we may determine that a public statement will need to be 
> made. If that's the case, the identities of all victims and reporters 
> will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.
> If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please notify appropriate 
> law enforcement first. If you are unsure what law enforcement agency 
> is appropriate, please include this in your report and we will attempt 
> to notify them.
> If the violation occurs at an event such as a Developer Meeting, you 
> can also reach out to any of the event organizers or staff to report 
> it. If you cannot find one of the organizers, the hotel staff can 
> locate one for you. We will also post detailed contact information for 
> specific events as part of each events’ information. Event organizers 
> and staff will be prepared to handle the incident and able to help. 
> Your report will still be kept confidential exactly as above, but also 
> feel free to (anonymously if needed) email conduct at llvm.org 
> <mailto:conduct at llvm.org> if needed.
> In your report please include:
> - Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you if we need to 
> follow up)
> - Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. 
> If there were other witnesses besides you, please try to include them 
> as well.
> - When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.
> - Your account of what occurred. If there is a publicly available 
> record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger) please 
> include a link.
> - Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.
> - If you believe this incident is ongoing.
> - Any other information you believe we should have.
> ## What happens after you file a report? ##
> You will receive an email from the LLVM Foundation Code of Conduct 
> Advisory Committee acknowledging receipt within 24 hours (and will aim 
> for much quicker than that).
> The Advisory Committee will immediately meet to review the incident 
> and determine:
> - What happened.
> - Whether this event constitutes a code of conduct violation.
> - Who the bad actor was.
> - Whether this is an ongoing situation, or if there is a threat to 
> anyone's physical safety.
> - If this is determined to be an ongoing incident or a threat to 
> physical safety, the committee's immediate priority will be to protect 
> everyone involved. This means we may delay an "official" response 
> until we believe that the situation has ended and that everyone is 
> physically safe.
> Once the working group has a complete account of the events they will 
> make a decision as to how to respond. Responses may include:
> - A private reprimand from the working group to the individual(s) 
> involved.
> - A public reprimand.
> - An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to "take a week off" from a 
> mailing list or IRC).
> - A permanent or temporary ban from some or all LLVM spaces (mailing 
> lists, IRC, etc.)
> - A request for a public or private apology.
> - Nothing (if we determine no violation occurred).
> If not resolved within one week, we'll respond within one week to the 
> original reporter with an explanation of why the situation is not yet 
> resolved.
> Once we've determined our final action, we'll contact the original 
> reporter to let them know what action (if any) we'll be taking. We'll 
> take into account feedback from the reporter on the appropriateness of 
> our response, but we don't guarantee we'll act on it.
> Finally, the Advisory Committee will make a report on the situation to 
> the LLVM Foundation board. The board may choose to make a public 
> statement about the incident.
> ## Appealing ##
> Only permanent resolutions (such as bans) may be appealed. To appeal a 
> decision of the working group, contact the LLVM Foundation Board at 
> board at llvm.org <mailto:board at llvm.org> with your appeal and the board 
> will review the case.
> (This text is based on the Django Project Code of Conduct, which is in 
> turn based on wording from the Speak Up! project.)
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