[Osmf-talk] Actually OSMF, we already have a "Code of Conduct"

Rory McCann rory at technomancy.org
Mon Dec 4 13:55:40 UTC 2017

Exactly! All groups already have a Code of Conduct, including OSM!

* OSM has the unelected Data Working Group which has gone as far as
banning people for life for certain conduct!

* Someone removes all the spam diary entries

* If I were to post 1,000 emails per day to an OSM list, I'm pretty sure
I'd be kicked off it.

So we already have a code of conduct. It's unwritten, but there are some
advantages of codifying it, and writing down what we don't want to accept.

On 04/12/17 03:38, Mikel Maron wrote:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Etiquette
> Back in 2010, we had a robust discussion of how to help keep our 
> community civil, during one of the most tumultuous episodes in our 
> history -- the license change.
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2010-August/052707.html
> As a result, the OSMF developed expectations for online communications 
> at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Etiquette, and put in place 
> moderation rules and a group to deal with issues as they arise. While 
> you could give this a different label -- Netiquette, Community 
> Participation Guidelines (my favorite) -- it's not any different in 
> substance from a Code of Conduct.
> Moderation is an important but pretty thankless task, and the effort of 
> people to take on this roll has waxed and waned. However it still 
> happens. It's happened this week, on this list.
> What's needed now is clarity and energy -- I think the discussions so 
> far will provide helpful input. Let's take a look at what we have and 
> refresh and update, survey the landscape of community guidelines in OSM 
> (online, offline, discussion, mapping, code) and bring to some order and 
> clarity, and support members to take on the task of supporting the 
> rules. And raise awareness of what's there among newcomers and old 
> timers alike.
> So yea, guidelines were already in place, we had just forgotten about 
> it. Let's get them in shape in and an active part of what we do.
> -Mikel
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