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RFC Title Author Status Type
Hugging in the Chef Community
Aaron Kalin and JJ Asghar
Informational, Process

Hugging in the Chef Community

In order to bridge the cultural gap between the US and Worldwide community the concept of hugging should be explained.


As a Chef Community Participant,
I want to express positive emotion to or for another Chef Community Participant,
so that we can express our friendship physically.


Foremost, we want all community members to feel safe and welcome. This is expressed in the Chef Community Guidelines (RFC020) and the Code of Conduct for our events (e.g. ChefConf). When approaching another Chef Community Member that you wish to engage in a hug, you must first seek permission from the other community member by either verbally or physically indicating that you wish to hug them.

An example, but not limited to, of a verbal indication for permission to hug is to ask "Can I give you a hug?" or "Can we hug?" The other party should then respond with verbal statement; for example "Yes, we can" or "Yes, you may." is a positive reaction, whereas "No, Thank you." or "No, thanks" are considered negative reactions.

An example, but not limited to, of a physical indication for permission to hug is spread your arms apart from your body. The other party can indicate permission by repeating the same physical expression to provide consent.

If Community member would like to express a hug, but has a limitation via a sickness or unable to use the typical hug process they may also express via other means, examples are but not limited to:

  • fist bumps
  • high fives
  • in the case of an illness

A Community member may signal their desire not to participate in the hug. Such signals may include, but are not limited to:

  • walking away
  • shaking ones head in a sign of "No"
  • verbally expressing "No, Thank you."
  • crossing your arms over your chest placing your right hand on your left shoulder and left hand on your right shoulder


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