[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Let's adopt the Contributor Covenant code of conduct (#1299)

migurski notifications at github.com
Sun Oct 2 18:02:02 UTC 2016

There’s another reason to adopt a CoC in the absence of demonstrated abuse: people looking to join new projects or attend new conferences are starting to cite one’s existence as a minimal bar to clear, and in many cases skipping participation. My evidence for this is unfortunately anecdotal but the trend I’ve observed is clear. A code of conduct in 2016 is becoming a sign of maturity as Bryan points out, similar to code test coverage or use of a version control system. Just things you do because they’re what serious projects do now.

> “Sexualized language”? So basically even something as harmless as saying “Fuck!” is outruled?

Whether it’s harmless depends on the context. Saying “Fuck!” when frustrated is common enough that it’s lost its sexualized meaning. Using the term to describe actual sexual imagery is inappropriate. Writing this down in a document makes it possible to have a conversation about whether something qualifies. Currently, the Powers That Be have decided that any form of direct discourse is acceptable, which has the effect of turning away valuable potential participants before they even make it into our various discussion forums. “Not trying is a signal,” as my friend @danhon says. We’re poorer for it as a community.

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