New Code of Conduct—Give Your Feedback!

Categories: Community, Association Created by Petra Hasenau , Oliver Klee , Mathias Bolt Lesniak and Thomas Löffler
You will soon be able to vote on the new Code of Conduct for TYPO3. But first, the Ombudsperson Group would like your feedback. All you need is a user.

The proposal we are presenting for your feedback has gone through an extensive review process within the Ombudsperson Group. Every word has been unanimously agreed upon by us, the group’s members and a few weeks back, the TYPO3 Association Board approved it for community review. A Code of Conduct exists to serve a community so we’re pleased to be able to ask for feedback from you on this important text.

You can submit your questions and feedback anonymously. What you write will be carefully discussed and all questions answered. Your feedback and our answers will be published on the feedback page. We encourage you to return to that page frequently over the next few weeks.

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Next Steps

After the review period ends on 1 October, 2021, we will make changes to the proposed Code of Conduct where necessary. The final proposal will be published, and every user (yes, the entire community, not only Association members) will be able to vote yes or no to implementing the proposed Code of Conduct in the community. The voting dates will be announced later.

In short, the next steps are:

  1. You give feedback
  2. We make changes (if necessary)
  3. The Association Board accepts the changes.
  4. You vote yes or no.

Why Change the Existing Code of Conduct?

Currently, TYPO3 has several codes of conduct. To best support our community, it is imperative that we have only one, unified Code of Conduct without ambiguity. To avoid the risk of contradictions we have created the new Code of Conduct to be:

  • Clear and concise. The core rules and advice sections are only 159 words long.
  • Specific and actionable. Concrete language describing clear behaviors.

We see these additional benefits with this Code of Conduct:

  • It is easier to present to an audience on stage, on a poster, etc.
  • It can easily be translated and therefore be better understood.
  • It can be explained with clear reference to concise and specific sections in an FAQ or commentary.

For a Free and Responsible Community

We have looked at Codes of Conduct from a number of different organizations. Some things have been inspiring, while others may be said to unnecessarily limit individual rights or freedoms. We believe everyone has both freedoms and responsibility. We have written about that in the Preface:

Don’t be afraid to be yourself, but be your best. You are a free individual with the right to your own personal views and values. Please consider that this code also gives you the responsibility to behave respectfully towards everyone.

We will collaborate with the Association Board to spread knowledge about the Code of Conduct and help educate members about upholding it.

We look forward to your questions and feedback. Thank you!

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