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

Leslie Zolman lzolman1 at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 4 01:01:49 UTC 2017

I have been part of OSM since 2010 and on this list for many years.  I support and promote OSM and am heavy involved with GISCorps but I do not do a lot of mapping.  Because of this I usually do not get involved in long hot discussions such as CoC.  But looking at the emails there are a handful of people posting and most of the membership is silent, which is not unusual.  It would be amazing for this list to be an open community where everyone was welcome and opinions could be shared.  Where people were encouraged to map and engage with the community and even people like me feel invited to join.
Many of the pointed remarks are very hurtful and I believe on an international list that all parties involved should be aware of what cultural differences exist and act appropriately.  I think this is basic respect and working with nationalities all over the world on volunteer GIS projects this is the only list that makes me cringe at some of the postings.
Let's be a community that makes the map better and improves lives.

      From: Robert Kaiser <kairo at kairo.at>
 To: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org 
 Sent: Sunday, December 3, 2017 5:42 PM
 Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] Proposal - OSMF Should **NOT** Adopt a Code of Conduct
Rafael Avila Coya schrieb:
> 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.

We had the same kind of arguments at Mozilla. The problem is that you 
are not seeing that there are probably a number of people who feel 
unsafe in a place where arguing hard against other people is commonplace 
(just happened here on this list recently) and are therefore either not 
contributing at all or at least staying quiet and not participating in 
discussions because they feel they would be attacked (and no, that 
doesn't require offending language) if they voice their opinions. If you 
want a community that includes people who are not counting themselves as 
the alpha male/females and ready to take a beating for it, you need to 
guarantee safe places where they dare to participate. If you don't 
require that, you may not be the target of such rules.

All that said, I also don't like the name "code of conduct", I like much 
better that Mozilla named them "Community Participation Guidelines" as 
that is what they really should be and it sounds way more friendly.


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