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Should we adopt a code of conduct? If so, which one?

asked 2021-05-05 01:10:27 +0000

Gerald Combs gravatar image

We've discussed adopting a code of conduct for Wireshark a few times over the years, most recently at I think adopting a CoC would be useful since it would document how we would like to operate as a project and how we can help each other work toward the project's goals. It would also be useful to let people know where to turn for help if the need arises.

Similar to question 5784, I'll post suggested codes of conduct below. If there's a different CoC that you think would work well for Wireshark, feel free to add it as an answer. Note that any CoC we adopt will likely have to be modified to suit our needs.

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answered 2021-05-05 01:10:51 +0000

Gerald Combs gravatar image

We should adopt the KDE Community Code of Conduct:

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Of the CoCs I've read so far, this most closely matches how Wireshark works (at least, how I experience how Wireshark works) and my personal notions of how the project should work. Askbot won't let you vote for your own answer, but this is the one I'm leaning toward.

Gerald Combs gravatar imageGerald Combs ( 2021-05-05 01:11:12 +0000 )edit

I like this one's brevity, lack of repetition, and that it doesn't refer to what sounds like a formal management group ('community leaders', 'project maintainers').

MartinM gravatar imageMartinM ( 2021-05-05 11:42:23 +0000 )edit

I like the succinctness of the KDE CoC. It encourages working through misunderstandings or differing opinions. The Overview mentions that moderators will exercise the right to suspend those who don’t follow the CoC. I favor this one, but lack points to up vote.

OldNetGuy gravatar imageOldNetGuy ( 2021-05-07 03:51:20 +0000 )edit

answered 2021-05-05 01:12:17 +0000

Gerald Combs gravatar image

We should adpot the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct:

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This is used by quite a few organizations and projects, including the Linux Kernel.

Gerald Combs gravatar imageGerald Combs ( 2021-05-05 01:12:30 +0000 )edit

Sonds like a good match.

hugo.vanderkooij gravatar imagehugo.vanderkooij ( 2021-05-05 07:36:29 +0000 )edit

I lack the score to vote on answers, but this is my preferred code of conduct of the options available at time of writing. It gives clear examples of acceptable and unacceptable conduct, and it details specific steps that will be taken to resolve conflicts and enforce the code.

The KDE CoC "feels" good, but it doesn't give any information about what can or will be done if someone violates it in a way that discussion alone doesn't resolve.

Boolean263 gravatar imageBoolean263 ( 2021-05-05 14:41:23 +0000 )edit

Does the Linux Foundation have a preference or recommendation, or do they leave it up to the individual projects to decide their own Code of Conduct, if any?

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2021-05-06 14:52:56 +0000 )edit

@Boolean263 The KDE CoC could definitely use clearer instructions for resolution. Maybe that's something we could add?

Gerald Combs gravatar imageGerald Combs ( 2021-05-06 20:35:09 +0000 )edit

answered 2021-05-05 01:11:37 +0000

Gerald Combs gravatar image

updated 2021-05-05 01:14:47 +0000

We should adpot the Go Community Code of Conduct:

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I think this would also be a good match, although not quite as good as the KDE one.

Gerald Combs gravatar imageGerald Combs ( 2021-05-05 01:11:57 +0000 )edit

The golang document is also a good document and based on a version of a Contributor Covenant. I am inclined to start with the KDE CoC..

OldNetGuy gravatar imageOldNetGuy ( 2021-05-07 04:18:14 +0000 )edit

answered 2021-05-05 01:12:48 +0000

Gerald Combs gravatar image

We shouldn't adopt a code of conduct.

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