[llvm-dev] Resuming the discussion of establishing an LLVM code of conduct

David Chisnall via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu May 5 04:05:46 PDT 2016

On 5 May 2016, at 11:42, Renato Golin via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> I just hope the new Code doesn't get abused by a few trolls to
> undermine the very thing it's trying to promote. That's why I think
> wording is very important here.

We’ve been through a similar process in FreeBSD recently and I’ve learned a few lessons in the process.  I can’t emphasise Renato’s point enough.  It is absolutely vital to have outside review of a code of conduct.  There are a lot of terms that are quite loaded in specific contexts and groups and it’s very easy for them to end up in a CoC if it’s not written by or reviewed members of those groups.

One of the key purposes of a CoC is to communicate the ideals of a community to outsiders (including outsiders of different nationalities and even those that don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area).  For this to work, it has to use the vocabulary that people outside of the community understand and be very careful to avoid ambiguous and loaded terminology.


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