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

Marc Riddell michaeldavid86 at comcast.net
Fri Nov 9 22:14:16 UTC 2007

on 11/9/07 2:02 PM, Ray Saintonge at saintonge at telus.net wrote:

> Marc Riddell wrote:
>> on 11/9/07 2:39 AM, The Cunctator at cunctator at gmail.com wrote:
>>> This is sad and pathetic. And I mean "pathetic" in the sense of
>>> "arousing sadness and compassion".
>>> A code of conduct tells people "We don't trust new people, and we have
>>> problems with each other, and we don't know how to build a community."
>> Cunc, a code of conduct is a set of guidelines - like road signs - they help
>> people to go in the right direction. The Community that was built was going
>> in the wrong direction; we're trying to correct that. Keep the faith.
> I think there is more to this than Cunc's curmudgeonly reputation.
> The danger is that we do have people who will treat the proposed Code of
> Conduct as a hammer for beating newbies.  A code put in those terms
> would be as meaningful as shrinkwrapped software that tells me that I
> can't transfer the information to Cuba.
> I support the idea of a series of principles that we all hold dear, but
> not any kind of bureaucratic structure to support them.
That's commune talk :-). Ray, by "bureaucratic structure" do you mean


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