From: cncf-toc@... <cncf-toc@...> on behalf of Paris Pittman <paris.pittman@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 06:41
To: CNCF TOC <cncf-toc@...>
Subject: [cncf-toc] CNCF Code of Conduct Community of Practice?
Hi TOC and community,
I believe we are at a point where a CNCF code of conduct community of practice will serve us well. I
sat on the first Kubernetes Code of Conduct committee and many of the below ideas stemmed from my experiences there. Whether this is a body, community of practice, incident management team, etc is all up for discussion.
Would it be possible to put this on the next TOC agenda? If folks are interested in this work and at KubeCon, give a shout; even if you’re virtual, I’m hanging on CNCF
To help get the ball rolling for discussion, here are some rough ideas:
Create a community of practice around code of conduct matters at the CNCF Community level. This community of practice could be bootstrapped by an independant committee, a working
group of TAG Contributor Strategy, or another organizational design that TOC thinks would position this group for success with the ultimate goal of an independent body. This doc is not intended to be implementation details but the establishment of such a community.
community members creating policy and carrying out enforcement
creating a safe space for reporters
Focus on mediation rather than ligitation. goals of having a community member/body
take reports vs CNCF staff and lawyers.
cncf community members, project contributors, toc, ambassadors, and cncf staff
would have this as a resource
build trust via community involvement and transparency reporting
require changes to projects that already have defined code of conduct systems
in place that aren’t LF support; eg Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee
Kubernetes has a code of conduct committee. It was created independently due
to scale, our values, and desire for a community run program. https://github.com/kubernetes/community/blob/master/committee-code-of-conduct/bootstrapping-process.md
OpenTelemetry’s GC acts as a CoCC.
All other projects, which are governed by CNCF staff, go to Chris A or Priyanka
as first step
CNCF Staff consults with laywers to enforce their code of conduct; this is
seen as a power differential in the community; “a business approach”
Most CoC language on LF sites are geared towards events and not other situations
or related conduct matters
There have been issues in the past with community members confused on where
to file issues, who enforces, and where/when at cloud native related events. Example: If its “kubecon” does that mean conduct@...?
Responsibilities and Composition
Nominations from TOC and community; TOC shortlist for qualifications; community
everyone gets training
initial group bootstraps the function
build out policies and procedures that fit with the ecosystem
create roles and teams
create a charter
Allows CNCF staff to focus on project operations and membership vs mediating
community challenges and incidents. Instead puts mediation and enforcement into the community.
focus on mediation vs litigation.
incident management and transparecy reporting //build out an incident management
projects can plug into this with better incident reporting structures than
contact someone an attorney at Linux Foundation
projects can have liasion reps which can then feed into staffing for incident
Discuss at a TOC meeting
Bring in current and emeritus Kubernetes CoCC to help formulate and bootstrap
Bring in project maintainers from CNCF projects; possiby create a special
Maintainers Circle for this topic
We would need this to be an independent body. Where would that sit?
can an overarching committee have sufficient visibility into project-specific
context to offer quality outcomes around restoration after an incident?
Does a CoC action taken in one project affect a contributor’s ability to participate
in other CNCF projects?
Escalation path for events?
Liability coverage for Committee decisions