[Osmf-talk] Proposal - OSMF Should Adopt a Code of Conduct

Donal Hunt donal.hunt at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 22:27:48 UTC 2017

Lots of good comments in this thread.

I'm new to the OSMF but have a strong belief in supporting the roots
/governance of communities (am active in the OSM community in my home
country and have led missing maps / HOT events in the past (but not
associated with HOT other than that)). I personally don't have a problem
contributing openly and respectfully to conversations on this list but may
suffer from naive optimism that others will reciprocate in a similar manner.

I believe one of the common themes here is a need for psychological safety.
John Looney (chief architect with Intercom) recently published the
following article in login;:

It's well worth a read although may not be 100% relevant to this
conversation (due to the ops specific sections). Ensuring everyone (from
all backgrounds, countries, experiences) is welcome and that their
contributions will be read with respect and understanding is key to make
these forums a safe place for ideas, teams and a community to form.

I hope we can find a way to do that...


On 3 Dec 2017 21:48, "Tobias Knerr" <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

> On 01.12.2017 22:37, Blake Girardot wrote:
> > It expresses
> > we understand the issues that can arise and we take seriously making
> > sure this community is a welcoming place and they know they do not
> > have to worry as much about how they will be treated.
> A big part of feeling welcome is being able to freely speak your mind,
> though. And regardless of whether such a worry would be objectively
> justified, having a CoC in place would make me feel less safe to voice
> my opinions.
> I'm concerned that others may share a similar feeling, leading to the
> self-censoring of some voices in the community. And it's not unlikely
> that this effect would mostly affect some groups that are already at a
> substantial disadvantage, including people who grew up with a
> non-English native language or different cultural norms from the authors
> and enforcers of the CoC.
> > However that other small meetup group does not have a code of conduct.
> > Now I have to worry, many of the people in the group I facilitate are
> > women. I can not in good conscience suggest people in my group attend
> > another group that has not even posted a code of conduct.
> We seem to be dealing with a rather large cultural gap here, because the
> expectation that a small meetup group would have any written rules seems
> absurd to me. (I'm sorry for the strong choice of words, but I couldn't
> think of an alternative that would express my astonishment adequately.)
> I would find it highly surprising for a meetup to set up a code of
> conduct, and would never imagine that participants may be any less safe
> among a group that does not have such an unusual document.
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