Draft CoC

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
Mon Jan 17 22:51:16 UTC 2011

This is a slightly reworked version of the original Ubuntu Code of 
Conduct. The primary difference is the change from "you" to "we" - I 
think it makes more sense in Fedora to make it an inclusive set of 
guidelines rather than sounding like externally imposed rules. I also 
left out the sections that are more about project stewardship than 
interpersonal behaviour, and added a new paragraph on the importance of 
assuming good faith when faced with disagreement. I also added an 
introduction that's Fedora-specific.


The Fedora community is made up of a mixture of professionals and 
volunteers, working on every aspect of the distribution from coding 
through to bug reporting. Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it 
can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we 
have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to when they're 
using project resources.

This isn't an exhaustive list of things that you can't do. Rather, take 
it in the spirit in which it's intended - a guide to make it easier to 
be excellent to each other.

Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in
turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will
affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences
into account when making decisions.

Be respectful. People volunteer to work on Fedora. Not all of us will
agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour
and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and
then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal
attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel
uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the
Fedora community should be respectful when dealing with other
contributors as well as with people outside the Fedora community and
with users of Fedora.

When we disagree, we try to understand why. Disagreements, both social
and technical, happen all the time and Fedora is no exception. It is
important that we resolve disagreements and differing views

Remember that we're different. The strength of Fedora comes from its 
varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different 
people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand 
why someone holds a viewpoint doesn't mean that they're wrong.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org

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