I'm not big on rules but I am big on culture. The Internet causes an
unusual phenomenon in people to miscommunicate and in turn say things they
don't really mean because they feel attacked. I genuinely hope efforts like
this, though only a single page of decency in print form, will be taken to
heart by every individual and help make a community we're all proud and
happy to be a part of.
On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 1:49 PM, Frances Hocutt <fhocutt(a)wikimedia.org>
On "why is this necessary":
Earlier this year, Nick Coghlan wrote an excellent blog post on why he
considers fighting abuse in open source communities (Linux, in particular)
key to getting the best contributions and making his projects the strongest
they can be. A quote:
"Instead, what I do care about, passionately, is *helping the best ideas
win* (where I include "feasible" as part of my definition of "best").
the "best ideas from people willing to tolerate extensive personal abuse".
The best ideas anyone is willing to share with me, period. And I won't hear
those ideas unless I help create environments where all participants are
willing to speak up, not just those that are prepared to accept a
blistering verbal barrage from a powerful authority figure as a possible
consequence of attempting to participate."
The whole post is worth a read:
Wikitech is not LKML, but a new contributor isn't going to know that (and
still, they can look through the archives and find personal attacks!). A
CoC is one way that we communicate that that's not how we act, and that's
not how we tolerate other people acting.
On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 9:57 AM, Frances Hocutt <fhocutt(a)wikimedia.org>
I was also at the Wikimania session where we
worked on this draft. I
strongly support this effort. Best practices for codes of conduct include
clearly defined consequences for breaches, as well as named behaviors
are unacceptable (as not everyone shares the same
"common sense", and
people interested in behaving badly tend to rules-lawyer as well). Our
Phabricator etiquette is lacking both of these, and it does not cover the
rest of our technical spaces. An effective code of conduct has been shown
to be effective at bringing people from underrepresented groups--and
contributions!--to events and projects. Screening
their willingness to take a risk of poor
treatment is a terrible idea if
want to get as many good contributions as we
On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Oliver Keyes <okeyes(a)wikimedia.org>
Thank you for drafting this up, Matt. Who's
On 6 August 2015 at 20:19, Matthew Flaschen <mflaschen(a)wikimedia.org>
On 08/06/2015 08:17 PM, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> We're in the process of developing a code of conduct for technical
> spaces. This will be binding, and apply to all Wikimedia-related
> technical spaces (including but not limited to MediaWiki.org
> Phabricator, Gerrit, technical IRC channels, and Etherpad).
I forgot to mention (but this is in the draft), it also applies to
spaces, including but not limited to hackathons.
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