[nanomsg] Re: Adopting a CoC
- From: Martin Sustrik <sustrik@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: nanomsg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2016 00:57:58 +0100
That said, Martin has the trademark for nanomsg still. If he
objects I’ll shelve the proposal. If anyone else has strenuous
to this, please let me know privately, with specific rational reasons
I think the issue has nothing to do with trademark, so feel free to do
as you see fit.
If you ask about my opinion though, I grew up in Ostblok where the
"Moral Code of the Builder of Communism" was generally ridiculed and
there wasn't a single person that took it seriously.
The problem, I think, was that it was not a descriptive summary of how
decent people behaved in the society, but rather a prescriptive code
pushed from above for ideological reasons.
The current attempts to adopt CoC in various FOSS projects are IMO
doomed for similar reasons. It has zero effect on abusers (no abuser
thinks of himself as an abuser) and the message it sends to decent folks
is: "There's an elite in the community that will decide what's good and
what's bad and enforce it by censoring your emails/posts/contributions."
Which in turn erodes trust within the community and, consequently, its
ability to spontaneously deal with abuse.
What could work better, I believe, is publishing "abuse postmortems"
documenting problems the community have encountered, how it responded,
what went well and what went wrong and so on. Such postmortems would a)
be much more entertaining to read than CoC b) would not treat community
members as idiots who have to be policed to behave decently c) would
create a historical record that the community can identify with and
refer to in case of need.
That being said, nanomsg community haven't dealt with any abuse problems
so far, so the point is mute.
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