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Re: Revising the Code of Conduct

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 10:32:09AM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:

> So, without further ado, here's my draft:

As a general principle, I object to any attempt to codify good
behaviour. The DCG, which I thank Lars for mentioning, was attempting to
give clues and reasonable expectations to people looking for them, not
to give rules for people to enforce.

It is hard to define what is "good" behaviour in our environment. I'd
even think that being unable to define and enforce "good" behaviour is a
prerequisite where creativity is sought.

Please note that a society where every single citizen is well behaved,
and every single deviant is promptly corrected, is a police state.
Bruce Schneier's "Liars and outliers" has some very interesting thoughts
on this.

I tend to work well in communities that are generally made of adults
endowed with reasonable judgement and common sense, rather than
communities of misbehaved kids in need of supervision. Adding rules
tends to nudge things towards the latter.

People who don't act like adults should just be treated as such and be
politely asked to grow up, keeping in mind that all of us may
occasionally slip into a childish behaviour on the occasional bad day,
and often all that is required to recover is a friend who kindly gives
the right feedback.



GPG key: 4096R/E7AD5568 2009-05-08 Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>

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