Towards a Code of Conduct for PPAU

I want to restart party discussion about a generalised code of conduct. We have some narrow ones around ‘don’t post anything illegal and don’t spam’ and around meeting procedure, but I do feel they’re insufficient.

As Pirates we are strong believers in the value of freedom of speech. It’s up to us to model that value, by engaging in discussions that are both robust and fulfilling.

This almost definitely requires us to make some trade offs, and to resolve the Paradox of Tolerance.

I think we can learn from Wikipedia’s guidelines on a number of points:

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Other prior art; the Contributor Covenant is used quite widely in quite a few FOSS projects, many of which are pretty high-profile (Linux kernel, Electron, curl, Golang, Kubernetes, any of Google’s FOSS projects, etc).

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Covenant talks about special position in a project to enforce the rules needlessly

To be honest, I didn’t observe any bad treatment of members from anyone’s side on your discuss forums

Leaving rules minimalistic is the best option, CoCV only treats tons of cases without real substance

Sup Everyone,

Context

I am a firm and unapologetic believer in the right to express a thought and/or an opinion with the right intentions AND constructive purposes (in short, a Right accompanied with a Responsibility). Equally strong is my firm opposition to abuse, personal insults and collective harrassments of individuals for expressed views in opposition to their own.

Argument

Having stated the above, I am not in agreement with the Contributor Covenant (CoC) for its prescribed course of action to ‘punish’ individuals for non-conforming opinions / thoughts / actions on political grounds purported by the author/s of the CoC. But I do agree with its stated goals of achieving greater inclusiveness and diversity.

Hence, if a decision on a Code of Conduct is to be made, I propose the spirit embodied within the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Kind Communications Guidelines as an alternative.

They are way nicer.

FSF Kind Communications Guidelines

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The spirit of the FSF one is much closer to what I’m going for, thank you!

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I just read the ‘It’s Ok To Be White’ thread.

I am now convinced a Code of Code / Guidelines is required. I am really disapointed what transpired in that thread (not about the topic, but how members engaged with one another).

Really, really disappointed.

Maybe they’re not PP-AU members, and only externals joining the chat randomly
I didn’t see members like Alex having harsh reactions

Everyone in the thread was (at the time) either a full or supporter member (except perhaps for you, Steven).

Oh. Well, it’s not healthy to have bad attitude towards each other, but it isn’t the end of the world, it’s just the storm / conflict that pre-dates the calm and stability.

Fixing it requires education, much love and time :slight_smile:

A’hoy @Azuloso

I think I know most respondents in that thread pretty well and I don’t think it displays any need for more … guidelines, although I don’t rule out the need.

… and if that disappoints you, well, welcome to politics, Pirate style.

ps. In fact I have much respect for both @AndrewDowning and @PLB and their discourse. No bullshit, say what ya mean debate. Should be more of it.

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I’m experimenting with a CoC that’s so radically short I’m not sure it should bear that name. So often these things are a massive laundry list and I’d like to avoid that. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

Our Party has a purpose.
Our actions and conversations in Party spaces do not always need to serve that purpose, but they should not work against it either.
Party spaces must be welcoming to all those who align with Pirate principles.

We hold ourselves to a standard based on both the pursuit of truth, and on respect and empathy for our fellow Pirates.

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Are our Pirate principles defined or listed in our constitution?

Yes, in the very first part: ‘principles and objects of the party’. Our civil liberties & copyright-reform core.

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