[OSM-talk] Racist, insulting and abusive comments on OSM related channels

Phil Wyatt phil at wyatt-family.com
Mon Mar 15 08:47:50 UTC 2021



I am not sure the discord channel should be pulled from community index as it provides yet another communication channel for discussion of OSM that is convenient for many. There are rules to the discord channels and if there has been a breach of those rules then Bert should speak up. He has now rejoined the channels and offered to discuss the issues.


Cheers - Phil


From: Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> 
Sent: Monday, 15 March 2021 7:11 PM
To: talk at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Racist, insulting and abusive comments on OSM related channels



I assume that you got directed to the Discord server in question after editing with iD?

The thing to understand that neither the server itself, nor the compilation of resources that led to you being sent there (https://github.com/osmlab/osm-community-index) is in any way official or vetted. Particularly in the case of channels that claim wide geographic reach this is problematic, as essentially the only criteria for inclusion boils down to "not already being in the list" and this can lead to a niche group being presented in a way that is widely outside their actual importance in the OSM ecosystem. 

So sorry for your experience.  To resolve the matter I've requested that the Discord server be removed from the list https://github.com/osmlab/osm-community-index/pull/424


Am 14.03.2021 um 21:29 schrieb Bert -Araali- Van Opstal:

Dear all,

This is a call to our whole community, 

I have become only recently active on OSM's community channels. I am very welcomed, respected on the various talk pages, and I appreciate that.
The past month I have been following different alternative channels, Telegram groups, WhatsApp groups, and... Discord.
All of them using the OSM name, which for me stands as a quality mark, not just as a trade mark. Being channels that respect, values and understands different cultures, different opinions, promotes decent and democratic principles, respect the "etiquette" required of calling yourself an OSM contributor, a member of this community.

However, what I see on Discord, all under the OSM trade name, sorry for the word... is disgusting.
Whole communities being insulted (words I don't even dare to use), remarks of non-English communities making "dumb" remarks, vote lobbying for and against proposals because they are made by "another" countries community member, it's nearing to hate speech... really disgusting.

The ones who are on these channels know who and what I am talking about, I kindly ask you, stop this please.  This is not welcome, highly inappropriate and not how you communicate with your fellow human beings, your fellow OSM contributor. Stop, go and look in the mirror, and ask yourself what am I doing, is this how I want to be known in a worldwide peaceful community ?

I didn't file a compliant at the DWG, I didn't call this subject to be handled in the OSMF board (yet), I first call in this channel, and everyone who experiences the same, feels the same discussed, speak out, comment on this channel, because I don't want to be associated with a channel that uses the OSM name where by some, not all not the majority, but some, disguise and dis-value what we stand for.
And please, don't call names in your comments, it's not limited to people from one country particular, one community. Just express your concerns, and when this behaviour doesn't change, we as a community can and will take action, identify the malicious minds and practices, and remand or ban them. Let your comment be their first warning.

Kind regards,

Bert Araali

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