[Osmf-talk] Proposal - OSMF Should **NOT** Adopt a Code of Conduct

Ivo Stankov ivo at e-stankov.com
Sun Dec 3 20:41:12 UTC 2017

I agree completely.

>From the proponents of a CoC, could you please give specific examples of
previous behavior in the OSMF community which you think makes the
creation of a CoC a necessity/must in order to suppress it in the future.

Best, Ivo

On 12/03/2017 07:29 PM, Rafael Avila Coya wrote:
> Hi all:
> I am deeply against the adoption of any code of conduct for our (IMHO)
> very civilised OSM community. Even the name sounds scary for me, and
> have never read any CoC; I have more interesting things to do in life,
> like mapping for example.
> Any code of conduct will make people more or less autocensure. I can't
> see any interest of having that thing, unless for control.
> I also think it's a simple non-sense on what respects to the diversity
> of cultures we have in a worldwide community: what is unacceptable for
> some, it's fairly fine for others.
> I would see a CoC committee a kind of new Inquisition. I wouldn't trust
> it at all, whoever the members of that committee (even if they were my
> own family!). And whatever their resolutions, they would be simply
> subjective. Please, don't compare that with meassures the DWG takes,
> that are way more objective.
> We are (I hope) not interested in companies to be happy just because we
> have a CoC or whatever they like we have. Because we are a community of
> mappers who love mapping, not business people who want to attract
> companies or institutions. We don't need to grow to be big. We are
> great, because we have a healthy, free and independent environment to
> practice our favorite activity: free mapping. We are bigger than any
> (awful) ngo, institution or company full of restrictions and so called
> Codes of Conduct.
> Some people feel frightened to participate in mailing lists? Well, I
> think it's very exaggerated and makes me smile in general. But even if
> that was an issue, the price we would have to pay for "solving" that
> would be much bigger than the imperfections of a community that is
> already very healthy in my opinion.
> I only hope that those of us who oppose any such move are a majority. I
> don't think I would loose my interest in mapping, but I would certainly
> loose interest in participating in the many OSM mailing lists (among
> other media) that populates our lovely community.
> Cheers,
> Rafael.

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