+1 Berlin CoC. Good legalese, neutral, adopted by many groups. I like.
I don’t think we need one, but if you think we do, I’m all for “industry standards”. For instance, if I saw a code of conduct as the one of the Berlin Games meetup too early, I’d think I’d be thrown in a den of Tumblr social justice warriors and in consequence might stay away from it. IMO if legalese is not neutral anymore it becomes thought police, which is the opposite of inclusive.
If you don’t want use/link the Berlin CoC on our Meetup page, I’d be happy to see a nice page with our values and perhaps add something like “we encourage the participation of less represented groups and ask our members to keep a respectful conduct, for everybody to enjoy a diverse and enriching environment”. Maybe add some statistics of women participation in workshops, for instance. Also brief statements by participants. People like facts and positive language. People may regard the legalese as necessary (hence I +1 the Berlin CoC), but it’s evidence that matters in the end (hence the Berlin PUB being ignored by women - lack of positive evidence, paired with “we switch to English when asked”).
In addition, if one puts such harshly detailed CoC as the one of Berlin Games it might give the impression that we’ve had such issues in the past. We haven’t. We are not a one-off event (like the conferences mentioned in the thread) that needs such explicit statements because of lack of track record, but a group with a brilliant history of diversity (at least in Berlin).