[Foundation-l] Do we need a Code of Participation?

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 11:08:50 UTC 2007

> Here's a (very rough) example text:
> - - -
> I agree that, as a member of this community, I shall
> * treat others with respect and kindness, and assume good faith in
> their actions;
> * participate in service to the mission of this project:
> [one-line summary of project's mission, e.g. "to create a freely
> licensed encyclopedia"]
> * disclose any conflicts of interest, and recuse myself from editing
> where they could impair my judgment.
> - - -

Sounds like a good idea to me. Just one comment: "Assume good faith"
should not be used unqualified. Too many people seem to think it means
you should ignore when people act in bad faith. "Assume good faith
unless given reason to assume otherwise", or something with slightly
better wording, should be used. Or, go with the more common "Give
people the benefit of the doubt" - it means much the same thing, and
it makes it clearer that we're only talking about when there is some
significant doubt.

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