Re: Code of Conduct at events

From: "Bernhard R(dot) Link" <brlink(at)debian(dot)org>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: Code of Conduct at events
Date: 2010-11-11 20:21:38
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* Ian Jackson <ijackson(at)chiark(dot)greenend(dot)org(dot)uk> [101111 17:58]:
> Also I should point out that this entire subthread is a red herring.
> I am certainly not suggesting that conference organisers should post a
> public statement saying that Bob has been ejected from the conference
> for a sexual assault on Alice.
> I _am_ suggesting that if the conference organisers receive a
> complaint that Bob seriously sexually assaulted Alice, they should
> investigate. If on investigation they are sufficiently convinced that
> it's true, they should eject Bob.
> And they should tell the organisers of the next conference so that the
> next organisers can make an informed decision about whether Bob should
> be admitted, and if he is, will be able to deal competently with any
> further complaints made against Bob.
> If someone was stealing laptops surely there would surely be no doubt
> that the conference organisers would deal with it in this way.

I hope in most parts of the world, people would directly call the police
after having got the report and done some quick investigation if those
claims are not obviously false. Once the police was there and did not
take the alleged thief with them, organisers would have to decide if
they want the alledged thief still to stay or not.

Not mentioning the authorities first sounds in my eyes as if this is
handled like some trivial offence that is not worth being sanctioned
properly. (Or if free software developers are some honourable society
that does everything internally).

Bernhard R. Link

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