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

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 00:05:57 UTC 2017

On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 10:45 PM, Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

> 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.

Tobias, I totally understand this reaction. Honestly, I never would
have thought of it either a few years ago, but I have learned that
women face safety issues and are concerned about safety issue
significantly more than most men realize.

As I said, the group I facilitate is at least 50% women at any given
meetup, we meet in the evenings and I am now much more aware of the
issues they face and the concerns they might have going alone to a
techie sort of meetup.

I hope that by having a code of conduct it makes it a more welcoming
environment. As I said I hope it at least communicates that I as an
organizer (and the two women who are co-organizers) are aware of the
issues women and other marginalized groups (trans-gender folks,
immigrants, physically challenged folks, etc) face and we take our
commitment to their safe participation in our mapping group seriously.

I personally feel if you are running any sort of in-person event or
trying to have an online community, a CoC is a minimum requirement now
a days.

Blake Girardot
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