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Re: [Debconf-team] Code of Conduct

On Fri, May 02, 2014 at 11:18:41PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
> also sprach Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> [2014-05-02 19:44 +0200]:
> > I don't really have a strong opinion on whether this should be
> > part of a CoC.  If we accept that the dual purpose of the CoC is
> > to make people feel welcome who would otherwise fear being
> > subjected to abuse and to remind people to be on their best
> > behavior, does a "no swears" policy contribute to this goal?  I'm
> > not sure that it does, but I'm also not sure it's problematic to
> > include.
> cf. broken windows theory.

Right -- I think it's useful to have in the CoC. It may also serve as a
reminder that words carry very different cultural weight, depending on
where your audience is from. Being mindful of this is the right thing to
do, so keep it clean by design, but point out and forgive mistakes.

The point is to keep things comfortable for everyone. If that means you
have to be more creative about describing how very passionately you're
feeling about something, make the effort. :)


Kees Cook                                            @outflux.net

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