I will not attend or speak at conferences or other events that do not have a code of conduct. #CoCPledge
— menace to brociety (@ashedryden) February 3, 2014
There’s the usual pushback from people who think that having a code of conduct and/or anti-harassment policy is some sort of admission that one’s community is particularly prone to harassment, rather than an acknowledgement that humans in general are too likely to not take harassment seriously enough (a condition that harassers rely upon), and thus it is sheer naivety to not have CoCs/AHPs.
There’s a fairly standard obvious answer to that:
IMO, a CoC isn’t for putting people "on notice." It’s for putting them at ease: "Hey, if something happens, we’ve got your back." #CoCPledge
— Sam Livingston-Gray (@geeksam) February 4, 2014
Then there’s this sort of passive-aggressive obstruction:
— Viv Smythe (@vivsmythe) February 3, 2014
— Nayan Hajratwala (@nhajratw) February 4, 2014
— Viv Smythe (@vivsmythe) February 4, 2014
As others note:
An unexpected effect of #CoCPledge is being able to connect names/faces to those I should block/don't want to attend mutual conference with
— Meagan Waller (@meaganewaller) February 4, 2014
Seeing who is objecting to or mocking #CoCPledge is a great way to add to my block list.
— Felicity Kusinitz (@felicitytwit) February 4, 2014
It never ceases to provoke my raised eyebrow when people who all went to schools and universities with codes of conduct aka school rules laying out grounds for suspension/expulsion, and who have worked for employers which also have codes of conduct laying out grounds for termination of employment, and who belong to various clubs/societies which have codes of conduct that allow for suspension/expulsion of members who aggravate other members in various ways – why it is that suddenly when it’s a conference full of attendees whom they don’t know as well as they know the members of their more regular associations that they are so resistant to having a Code of Conduct in place?