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

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Dec 4 14:57:15 UTC 2017

Am 04.12.2017 um 14:55 schrieb Rory McCann:
> 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!
That is actually not correct.

Any lifetime bans have been made by the OSMF board.


> * 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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