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Re: NEWS for 0.10.0
Re: NEWS for 0.10.0
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:28:55 +0200
On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 01:02:15PM +0200, Tobias Geerinckx-Rice wrote:
There is nothing in the current coc which I particularly disagree with -
all the examples of unacceptable conduct I personally consider unacceptable
in all walks of life.
Unfortunately, ???be excellent to each other??? is not a CoC, and it's
often an excuse not to have one.
I can think of two much better "excuses" :
The first is:
What hurts me when somebody shoves a "code-of-conduct" in my face, is the
suggestion that lies behind it. Viz: "You might be a person who habitually
sexually explicit language, insults people, harrasses others, assaults people,
... murders them ..."
Of course, on a literal level this suggestion is correct, for a person who has
met me, for all they know I might be a person who does those things. But why
accuse a person of those things on the first introduction?
The second is:
By having an explicit coc, the explicit message is "Examples of unacceptable
behavior by participants include ..." The implicit message which is a logical
consequence is: "... and we anticipate or have already experienced such
behaviour by participants."
When I invite someone to my home for coffee, I do have a "code of conduct" I
expect my guests to be resonably polite, not to insult me, not to vandalise my
home, fart in my face and lots of other things. But I this "code of conduct" is
implicit. I don't write it down. I don't ask my guests to agree to it before
they enter my home - if I did I would not be suprised if the very suggestion
would cause them to be extremely offended. I would not blame them if they
excused themselves and departed without delay. Likewise I think these "codes of
conduct" in community projects do not have the effect of welcoming people. They
have the opposite effect.
So lets HAVE a code of conduct. But let's not have a written one. Let's be
and inviting. If somebody does come in and start harassing/insulting/sexually
assaulting/ people (which I think unlikely) we'll uninvite them.
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Re: NEWS for 0.10.0, Leo Famulari, 2016/03/27