Code of Conduct at events

Wichert Akkerman wichert at
Thu Nov 11 17:43:46 UTC 2010

On 11/11/10 18:23 , Ian Jackson wrote:
> Wichert Akkerman writes ("Re: Code of Conduct at events"):
>> On 11/11/10 17:57 , Ian Jackson wrote:
>>> I _am_ suggesting that if the conference organisers receive a
>>> complaint that Bob seriously sexually assaulted Alice, they should
>>> investigate.  If on investigation they are sufficiently convinced that
>>> it's true, they should eject Bob.
>> I think many of us disagree here: if such a serious accusation is made
>> it should be investigated by professionals, ie the policy.
> So if someone was at the conference and the organisers were convinced
> that they were stealing laptops, the organisers would just call the
> police and if the police don't arrest the culprit and imprison them
> right away, they would allow the thief to continue ?

I am extremely sceptical of the capability of people to make correct 
accusations or to prove them. The police should be much more capable to 
do so than conference organisers due to their training and experience, 
and if they decide not to arrest someone they probably have a good 
reason to.


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