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Articulating the norms of behavior? The norms in this code are the basic skills of interacting in society, anyone past the age of 17 should have internalized them. More: one expects anyone past that age of live by them, and consequently one can (and should!) deal with any violator in the appropiate manner.

Yes I agree, but it's not like this has come apropos of nothing.

Unfortunately a small minority apparently don't know how to behave appropriately around others, and need this shit to be spelled out.


"People should" is a dangerous assumption to make in large groups.

Obviously, 99% of people are not going to make prejudiced jokes or comments in their presentation or in groups at a conference.

A code of conduct simply sets out the expectations at this level, and creates a standardized procedure for what to expect when these expectations are violated.


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