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

Wuzzy notifications at github.com
Fri Sep 30 21:42:05 UTC 2016

I disagree.

Here are two questionable things which are considered “bad” under the suggested code of conduct:

> The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances

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

> Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

This is weasel wording at its best. What this means: If the Powers That Be consider something to be inappropriate, you are in danger of being banned if you commit such an act. What the Powers That Be consider to be “inappropriate” will of course be highly arbitrary, therefore giving the Powers That Be justification to kick out anyone.

Also, the CoC seems to be deliberately vague. There are just “examples”, no actual definitions.

> This is a very reasonable code of conduct that has been adopted by over 10,000 open source projects.

Something does not become good, right or correct only if many people do it. If 10000 people claim that 2+2=5 it still won't be true. ;-)

Besides, I don't really see why OSM needs a code of conduct in the first place. Have there been a large number of serious abuses recently? Is there an urgent need for one?

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