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

Matt Amos notifications at github.com
Sun Oct 2 21:06:14 UTC 2016


> A code of conduct in 2016 is becoming [...] Just things you do because they’re what serious projects do now.

Just because something is popular [doesn't necessarily mean it's good](https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/bandwagon) (or bad).

> 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.

You _believe_ that it has that effect. As you acknowledge earlier in your comment, the evidence is [anecdotal](https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/anecdotal). Until there's firm evidence, please don't state it as if it were a fact.

My personal belief is that a short, lightweight CoC which is resistant to [vexatious litigation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation) could be beneficial. However, many CoCs, including [the proposed one](https://github.com/osmlab/openstreetmap-website/blob/fdcd867de6574688935458f3c099beb5987a1c6e/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md) focus more on how to _exclude_ contributors than on how to be inclusive. I think it's worrying that there's no discussion in the proposed CoC of tolerance or forgiveness, as I feel that both of these are crucial requirements for a humane and open-minded community.

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