Diversity/MailingList/CodeOfConduct

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Shorter version

The diversity-talk mailing list is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, cultural affiliation(s), socio-economic status, level of formal education or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to the diversity-talk mailing list. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the diversity-talk moderators.

Some diversity-talk mailing list spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Longer version

The diversity-talk mailing list is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to the diversity-talk mailing list. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the diversity-talk moderators.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive, disparaging, or harmful comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, cultural affiliation(s), socio-economic status, level of formal education or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

The diversity-talk mailing list prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The diversity-talk moderators reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the diversity-talk mailing listm notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the diversity-talk moderators at diversity-talk-owner@openstreetmap.org. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to the diversity-talk mailing list, but if you are being harassed by a member of the diversity-talk mailing list outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by diversity-talk mailing list members, especially diversity-talk moderators/admins, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from the diversity-talk mailing list based on their past behavior, including behavior outside the diversity-talk mailing list and behavior towards people who are not on the diversity-talk mailing list.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of the diversity-talk mailing list members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, diversity-talk moderators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the diversity-talk mailing list and identification of the participant as a harasser to other diversity-talk mailing list members or the general public.

New Versions/Updates

The goal of the diversity-talk moderators is to maintain the spirit of this CoC. Excessive rules lawyering won't work. This CoC might be updated to react to things that happen.