[Osmf-talk] May 2017 use of Code Of Conduct (CoC) for Membership control in HOT US Inc internal governance

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Sat Dec 2 20:16:45 UTC 2017


As you already indicated the answer is ultimately not really 
satisfactory but it gives me some new insights into how HOT 'ticks'.

> I assume most folks are the same way. I guess I have heard people say
> "hey its just the way I communicate and I do not care if sounds
> offensive" but I think those folks are a minority.

How about folks who have no perception for certain things being 
considered offensive by others because their culture does not consider 
such things to be offensive?  Do they have to adjust to the culture of 
the CoC and are required to learn how to recognize this?

Generally one of the most widespread problems if you visit or interact 
with a society very unfamiliar to you is that you tend to unknowingly 
do things or say things that are offensive to people.  One particular 
case is when a language has several different words for something your 
language only knows one word for and using the wrong word in the wrong 
context is a serious faux pas.

I understand this might not be an issue with HOT since all HOT members 
are likely expected to be able to communicate reasonably well in 
English and are familiar with the British/American cultural context 
that usually comes with the language.  But for OSM this is not the 
case, the majority of communication in the OSM community is in 
languages other than English.

Christoph Hormann

More information about the osmf-talk mailing list