[License-review] proposal for revising (and making relevant) the code of conduct

Luis Villa luis at tieguy.org
Thu Jan 3 04:02:11 UTC 2013

As many of you know, over the past few years, we've had occasional
problems with list members. Some of the problems have been obvious and
borderline malicious (hi, Alexander!), while others have been more
subtle. At any rate, it hasn't always been a list you can comfortably
encourage busy people, or even mildly thin-skinned people, to
subscribe to.

After some discussion with other board members, as well as some
feedback from our affiliate organizations, I'd like to propose a
revision to the existing (but hardly ever referenced/used) code of
conduct (currently at http://opensource.org/codeofconduct ).

A discussion draft follows (inline as .md, attached as generated
.html). A few key points that guided the drafting:

* The current document is basically a netiquette guide; this tries to
focus on behavior more generally and reference other documents for
netiquette/mailing list issues.
* This aims to generally be positive and describe what we will do,
rather than what we won't do.
* Enforcement is deliberately lightweight, in part because OSI does
not really have any organs other than the list mods (Karl and I) who
can do enforcement. But Karl and I do plan to use this as a reference,
both to guide our actions and to point others at when their behavior
is borderline.

Looking forward to a (hopefully boring and primarily +1 ;) discussion-

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