Code of Conducts

Discussion thread for discussion the purpose of code of conducts, and whether or not they are beneficial (to whom’s values?), or even congruent/logical.


contributor covenant

created by


pushed by github

recently added to linux

tried to get added to PHP

tried to get added to awesome-django

tried to get added to Opal (via evicting one of their maintainers)

what they went with:

tried to get it into LLVM

tried to get it into SQLite

they went with the Rule of Saint Benedict instead

which has now been changed to the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines (which is more or less the same as the contributor covenant), the Rules of Saint Benedict one has become their “code of ethics” whatever that means





post meritocracy




equal opportunity is used to guarantee rights for equal outcomes — equal opportunity is the socialism to pave way to equal outcomes communism — meritocracy is the force that keeps these at bay

affirmative action

state of twitter

rad fem vs trans activists

state of media perceptions

state of universities




Finally, the inner sense of dignity seeks recognition. It is not enough that I have a sense of my own worth if other people do not publicly acknowledge it or, worse yet, if they denigrate me or don’t acknowledge my existence. Self-esteem arises out of esteem by others. Because human beings naturally crave recognition, the modern sense of identity evolves quickly into identity politics, in which individuals demand public recognition of their worth. Identity politics thus encompasses a large part of the political struggles of the contemporary world, from democratic revolutions to new social movements, from nationalism and Islamism to the politics on contemporary American university campuses. Indeed, the philosopher Hegel argued that the struggle for recognition was the ultimate driver of human history, a force that was key to understanding the emergence of the modern world.

While the economic inequalities arising from the last 50 or so years of globalization are a major factor explaining contemporary politics, economic grievances become much more acute when they are attached to feelings of indignity and disrespect. Indeed, much of what we understand to be economic motivation actually reflects not a straightforward desire for wealth and resources, but the fact that money is perceived to be a marker of status and buys respect. Modern economic theory is built around the assumption that human beings are rational individuals who all want to maximize their “utility”—that is, their material well-being—and that politics is simply an extension of that maximizing behavior. However, if we are ever to properly interpret the behavior of real human beings in the contemporary world, we have to expand our understanding of human motivation beyond this simple economic model that so dominates much of our discourse. No one contests that human beings are capable of rational behavior, or that they are self-interested individuals who seek greater wealth and resources. But human psychology is much more complex than the rather simpleminded economic model suggests. Before we can understand contemporary identity politics, we need to step back and develop a deeper and richer understanding of human motivation and behavior. We need, in other words, a better theory of the human soul.


Seems the Twitter account got seized:

previous 1984 discussion

@balupton’s historical twitter threads

Code of Conducts seem inherently & staunchly against progress. A method for a few arrogant adults, to compel their expectation of adulthood onto other adults (as if they are children) via oppression, suppression, & repression. The epitome of leftism. Halting evolutionary progress

Community Code of Conducts process differs from governmental and societal conduct obligations, as governmental conduct is achieved representationally in a western nation via population democracy, and societal conduct is achieved naturally via transparent liquid democracy.

For instance: “There will be designated all female-identifying, and male-identifying cabins, the rest of the accommodations will be on a first come first served basis. Confuses sex (chromosomes) with gender (social).” Yet compels all who attend to abide by that delusion.

Compels as: “Harassment includes, but is not limited to: Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.” “Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour. Anyone violating these rules will be asked to leave at the discretion of the organisers.”

People can move fast in a direction when they are forced to conform to it, I agree, at the expense of marching in the wrong direction due to feedback mechanisms being undercut for conformance to protect a subset’s (possibly mistaken) ideal. Not the way to treat adults.

I really like this code of conduct:

Not your usual code of conduct, but I think it has legs. What are your thoughts? Will consider feedback:

as a way to circumvent anti-discrimination hiring laws

As seen by the SQLite caving to the Mozilla Public License due to company pressure — as well as what happened to James Damore — and the attempted coups on maintainers that implement the Contributor Covenant (all sourced above). It seems by adopting a Code of Conduct, it allows them to fire people based on political affiliation, as then the perceived aggressor isn’t having a political difference, but they are violating the companies established code of conduct and thus the company culture and being disruptive to personnel — all would be impossible if not such measures.

related research

Microaggressions: Strong Claims, Inadequate Evidence. Scott O. Lilienfeld, Department of Psychology, Emory University

Friesdorf, Rebecca & Conway, Paul & Gawronski, Bertram. (2015). Gender Differences in Responses to Moral Dilemmas: A Process Dissociation Analysis. Personality & social psychology bulletin. 41. 696-713. 10.1177/0146167215575731.

Another one to add to the mix, for something that wants to be the new reddit:

Spectrum is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, 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

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. The Spectrum team are not here to explain power differentials or other basic social justice concepts to you. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

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

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Spectrum team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Spectrum spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Spectrum community members or the general public.