[Osmf-talk] May 2017 use of Code Of Conduct (CoC) for Membership control in HOT US Inc internal governance

martin at noblecourt.eu martin at noblecourt.eu
Tue Dec 5 11:44:45 UTC 2017

This is exactly my point of view - and I'd say the position of the 
"silent majority", even though no one can of course pretend to represent 
I would even dare to hope we could conclude the debate on these wise 
words :-)

Thanks Joost (and Christoph).


On 05/12/2017 12:05, Christoph Hormann wrote:
> On Saturday 02 December 2017, Christoph Hormann wrote:
>> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Glassman/diary/42857
> Just wanted to mention - since i wrongly indicated Joost Schouppe to be
> in support of the above draft - he has now made a more elaborate
> statement on the candidates Q&A:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Foundation/AGM17/Election_to_Board#Should_OSM_have_a_Code_of_Conduct.3F_What_kind.3F
> Quoting it here without further comment:
>>     I'm really saddened by how this is playing out right now. The
>> core problem to me is that we're not as welcoming as a community as
>> we could be, and that it is hard for some people to participate
>> because of the harsh treatment of one's opinion you can expect when
>> sharing it with the OSM mailing lists. I think many of us would agree
>> on this, even if they don't on a Code of Conduct as a solution. I'd
>> like to first see a relaxed discussion on measures that can help us
>> overcome those difficulties, where a Code of Conduct could be part of
>> the solution. Just jumping to the conclusion that we need is doesn't
>> help anyone, except people who want to prove their rightousness in
>> the battle for the oppressed (or those that might be oppressed in the
>> future). Both having and not having a CoC have clear advantages, that
>> have been layed out by intelligent people in several threads. Simply
>> dismissing either side of this argument does not help anyone. I feel
>> like our failure to have a productive discussion on this subject is
>> much more important than the failure of not having a CoC or the
>> failure of seeing one be put in place. I will not support any
>> decision that further widens the gap between different OSM cultures.
>> I -will- support any measures that are seen by most as productive in
>> turning our conversations more inclusive, more friendly and more
>> productive.

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