Conflict Resolution Policy¶
Conflicts in the community can take many forms, from someone having a bad day and using harsh and hurtful language on the mailing list to more serious code of conduct violations (including sexist/racist statements or threats of violence), and everything in between.
For the vast majority of issues, we aim to empower individuals to first resolve conflicts themselves, asking for help when needed, and only after that fails to escalate further. This approach gives people more control over the outcome of their dispute.
How we resolve conflicts¶
If you are experiencing conflict, please consider first addressing the perceived conflict directly with other involved parties, preferably through a real-time medium such as IRC. You could also try to get a third-party (e.g. a mutual friend, and/or someone with background on the issue, but not involved in the conflict) to intercede or mediate.
If this fails or if you do not feel comfortable proceeding this way, or if the problem requires immediate escalation, report the issue to the QEMU leadership committee by sending an email to email@example.com, providing references to the misconduct. For very urgent topics, you can also inform one or more members through IRC. The up-to-date list of members is available on the QEMU wiki.
Your report will be treated confidentially by the leadership committee and not be published without your agreement. The QEMU leadership committee will then do its best to review the incident in a timely manner, and will either seek further information, or will make a determination on next steps.
Escalating an issue to the QEMU leadership committee may result in actions impacting one or more involved parties. In the event the leadership committee has to intervene, here are some of the ways they might respond:
- Take no action. For example, if the leadership committee determines the complaint has not been substantiated or is being made in bad faith, or if it is deemed to be outside its purview.
- A private reprimand, explaining the consequences of continued behavior, to one or more involved individuals.
- A private reprimand and request for a private or public apology
- A public reprimand and request for a public apology
- A public reprimand plus a mandatory cooling off period. The cooling off period may require, for example, one or more of the following: abstaining from maintainer duties; not interacting with people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the guidelines and interaction on social media; being denied participation to in-person events. The cooling off period is voluntary but may escalate to a temporary ban in order to enforce it.
- A temporary or permanent ban from some or all current and future QEMU spaces (mailing lists, IRC, wiki, etc.), possibly including in-person events.
In the event of severe harassment, the leadership committee may advise that the matter be escalated to the relevant local law enforcement agency. It is however not the role of the leadership committee to initiate contact with law enforcement on behalf of any of the community members involved in an incident.