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IBM/Red Hat Adds Code of Censorship to an Important GNU Project, GCC (the Compiler), Despite Longstanding Opposition From RMS and FSF (the Origins of GNU)

Same time Red Hat is exposed as having begun to set up more obstructions to cloners of RHEL (bypassing GNU using monetary thresholds):

I am pleased to announce that the GCC Steering Committee has decided to adopt a Code of Conduct (https://gcc.gnu.org/conduct.html) for interactions in GCC project spaces, including mailing lists, bugzilla, and IRC. The vast majority of the time, the GCC community is a very civil, cooperative space. On the rare occasions that it isn't, it's helpful to have something to point to to remind people of our expectations. It's also good for newcomers to have something to refer to, for both how they are expected to conduct themselves and how they can expect to be treated.



Summary: A Code of Censorship (CoC) has just been added* as IBM's siege against community participation accelerates even further (they kick out Fedora volunteers this way since 2020 if not earlier); where does this end? IBM has been doing this step by step via what's left of its Red Hat workforce (they also led the campaign of defamation against Richard Stallman, rms for short, who started GNU 40 years ago); They want RHEL to be another proprietary UNIX and all community either banished or simply driven away

____ * Full original text for preservation purposes:




I am pleased to announce that the GCC Steering Committee has decided
to adopt a Code of Conduct (https://gcc.gnu.org/conduct.html) for
interactions in GCC project spaces, including mailing lists, bugzilla,
and IRC.



The vast majority of the time, the GCC community is a very civil, cooperative space. On the rare occasions that it isn't, it's helpful to have something to point to to remind people of our expectations. It's also good for newcomers to have something to refer to, for both how they are expected to conduct themselves and how they can expect to be treated.

More importantly, if there is offensive behavior that isn't corrected immediately, it's important for there to be a way to report that to the project leadership so that we can intervene.

At this time the CoC is preliminary: the code itself should be considered active, but the CoC committee (and so the reporting and response procedures) are not yet in place. Specific suggestions for improvement are welcome, either on the gcc-patches post or by email to conduct@gcc.gnu.org.

If you are interested in serving on the CoC committee, or would like to suggest someone who you think would be a good candidate, please email conduct@gcc.gnu.org.

GCC Code of Conduct FAQ (https://gcc.gnu.org/conduct-faq.html):

Why not just refer to the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines?

The Guidelines are helpful for establishing the kind of behavior we want to see, but it's also important to have a reporting mechanism to help people feel safe and supported in the community, and to help leadership to hear about problems that might otherwise have escaped their notice.

Shouldn't people try to work problems out between themselves first?

Certainly, in many cases. And we hope referring to the CoC might be helpful then, as well. If the problem is successfully resolved, no report is necessary, though individuals might still want to let the CoC committee know about the incident just for their information.

What about the rights of the reportee?

The CoC committee will get their perspective, and any other available information, before taking any action.

Besides which, we expect the response to the vast majority of incidents to be email asking those involved to moderate their behavior. That has been the experience of other free software projects after adopting a code of conduct: see the Linux Kernel CoC reports for an example.

Is this going to be used to drive out people with "wrong" opinions?

No, this is a code of conduct, not a code of philosophy. And it only deals with behavior within the context of the GCC project; for instance, harassment in private email in response to a public discussion is covered, a social media post about politics is not.

Can I report incidents from before the adoption of the CoC?

Yes. We may take no action if the issue seems to have been resolved, but it can be helpful to have context for future discussions.

My question isn't answered here!

Please also see the Reporting Guidelines (https://gcc.gnu.org/conduct-report.html) and Response Guide (https://gcc.gnu.org/conduct-response.html). If they don't answer your question either, feel free to ask here or email conduct@gcc.gnu.org with any additional questions or feedback.



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