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

C Bergström via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu May 5 21:01:39 PDT 2016

On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM, Philip Reames <listmail at philipreames.com> wrote:
> On 05/05/2016 11:42 AM, C Bergström via llvm-dev wrote:
>> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 2:30 AM, Chandler Carruth <chandlerc at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:55 AM C Bergström <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Chandler - I do not want to derail, hijack or change the topic of this
>>>> discussion - Would you be ok with me going into specific examples?
>>> IMO, no, I don't think that would be a productive direction. I also
>>> suspect
>>> it would have a high probability of (unintentionally) leading to exactly
>>> the
>>> kinds of situations the code of conduct is designed to prevent.
>> I'm on the fence if it could be productive..
> I'm a bit torn myself, but would lean towards the "too risky" side of
> things.  The gain is minimal and the odds that specific situations escalate
> are too high.  As a minimum standard, any specific situation that you do
> raise should be done only with the full consent of all the parties involved.
> It would be utterly inappropriate to raise a particular situation/example if
> not all parties involved wanted to draw the negative attention raising it in
> this thread might generate.
>> LOL - How could a thought-out and detailed explanation of real world
>> circumstances lead to something so negative it would have to be
>> moderated... (??puzzled??)
> The problem is that discussing a particular situation brings specific people
> into what was previously an abstract discussion. Several of the comments
> made in this and previous threads have skirted the appropriateness as things
> stand.  If those same comments had been poorly worded and seemed to apply
> specifically to a particular person... Well, that's likely to lead to
> exactly the type of personal arguments we're all hoping to avoid.
> Does my concern make sense?

Yep. I thought people would be objective - you reminded me that people
involved may just get upset again.

>> Under your regime - would I be forbidden from calling someone else out
>> for generally being a bully or troll.. Specifically if I went through
>> and found say 6 cases where X caused friction in the community and in
>> general their behavior was more noise than actually productive.
> Your point is directly contradicted by the current CoC proposal.
> Calling someone out on inappropriate behavior is absolutely appropriate.
> However, doing so without making it into a personal attack is important as
> well.
> "Hey, what you just said is not okay.  I'm sure you didn't mean to be
> personal insulting, but that came across as..." - OK
> "You ***, how dare you say ___" -- NOT OK
> As an example taken from your email, your use of the work "regime" comes
> across as potentially loaded with negative meaning.  I'd suggest that using
> a word like "proposal" would have been more neutral connotation wise and
> still made your point.  Your word choice could be read to imply that you
> view Chandler as a authoritarian dictator which he clearly is not.  :)

Aha! Great nit and the opportunist in me can't resist... BUT I'm not
going to change my choice of wording, or apologize and if it offends
you, tough cookies. Now what?

Under the old system - x()
New Chandlers CoC - y()
My proposed CoC - z()

Under my proposal I hope to word this process below
If you felt strongly that I had offended you, you should email the
moderators or whatever their title is, explain the situation and get
help to resolve the conflict. While the law of the land is stated
vaguely as "common sense", is there anyone around here where that is
too ambiguous or doesn't actually capture what we have today?

I have read Chandler's CoC and the fact that I have questions about
how it applies to different things means either my ability to read and
comprehend is in question or at the least the wording should be

>> I'm still lost at what's really driving this.. *something* must have
>> happened that prompted all this..
> To my knowledge, there have been no specific recent incidents within the
> LLVM community to trigger this discussion.  There have certainly been ones
> in other communities in recent years.  A news search should find several.
> Philip

Philip - Thanks for your great reply and I hope you are ok with me
trying to turn it into an example.

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