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  • New FreeBSD code of conduct
    Dear FreeBSD community,
    The FreeBSD Project has adopted a new LLVM-derived code of conduct.  The
    new code of conduct can be found at
    Active FreeBSD developers were invited to complete two surveys related
    to our Code of Conduct.
    The first survey, conducted in 2018, told us that:
       - 94% of developers believe respectful communication in the project
         is important; 1% disagreed
       - 89% believe FreeBSD should be welcoming to people of all
         backgrounds; 2% disagreed
       - 73% say toxic people should be removed from the Project regardless
         of their technical contribution; 9% disagreed
       - 35% were dissatisfied with the code of conduct adopted in 2018, 34%
         were neutral, and 30% were satisfied.
    These results indicated that there was sufficient dissatisfaction with
    the current code of conduct to warrant investigation.  After reviewing
    other open source codes of conduct, the FreeBSD Core Team investigated
    adopting either an LLVM-derived or a Go-derived code of conduct.
    A second survey was held at the start of June and had only one question:
      Which code of conduct should FreeBSD adopt?
       - An LLVM-derived code of conduct:
       - A Go-Derived code of conduct:
       - Retain the current code of conduct:
       -  4% favoured keeping the current code of conduct
       - 33% favoured the Go-derived code of conduct
       - 63% favoured the LLVM-derived code of conduct.
    Thus, the Core Team, following the preference of a majority of active
    FreeBSD developers, adopted the LLVM-derived code of conduct.
    Thank you to the LLVM and Go communities, and our impassioned members
    who helped champion this evolution.
    FreeBSD Core Team
  • FreeBSD Adopts A New Code of Conduct Based On The LLVM CoC

    Following a survey of FreeBSD developers gauging interest in a new Code of Conduct and then a follow-up survey of keeping their current CoC versus adopting one similar to the LLVM or Go projects, FreeBSD has now settled on a new document.

    Some 35% of the FreeBSD developer community was dissatisfied with their 2018 Code of Conduct, 34% were neutral, and only 30% satisfied so they set out to adopt a new CoC.

FreeBSD switches Code of Conduct

  • FreeBSD switches Code of Conduct

    There’s a reporting mechanism, at least (later on in the document).

    The previous version of the FreeBSD CoC was based on the Geek Feminism CoC which put enforcement much of in-your-face. I liked that. Something else I miss in the new CoC is some explicit attention for trans- and non-binary rights: Geek Feminism puts that front-and-center as well. I must admit that when that CoC first showed up in my FreeBSD world I had to ask “what’s a deadname!?” And that was an education, and now I know.

    So while I’m happy that the FreeBSD community (which I’m part of) continues to take Codes of Conduct seriously, I’m a bit apprehensive about the new wriggle-room. Time will tell, and we’ll have a new democratic round for the CoC in due course.

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