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

Rafael Avila Coya ravilacoya at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 21:04:07 UTC 2017

That's a good question, Ivo, as I haven't seen any since becoming a 
mapper in May 2009. And that makes me even more puzzled of why this 
interest on having something like that.



On 03/12/17 21:41, Ivo Stankov wrote:
> 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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