[Board] Improve Community Behaviour

MarĂ­a Arias de Reyna delawen at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 02:47:11 PDT 2018

Hi Shane,

Comments inline;

On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 9:44 PM, Shane Curcuru <shane at punderthings.com> wrote:
> A couple of brief suggestions from a bystander (apologies in advance if
> this is improper as an outsider).
> - The critical part to a code of conduct is how specifically you solicit
> reports and show that you're dealing with them.  Ensuring that people
> wishing to make reports feel comfortable about the process, and can be
> secure their issues will be treated completely confidentially if they
> request so.
> Thus, thinking through who the specific individuals are who will get the
> incoming CoC issues is important, so that you have a consistent and
> timely response.

I agree. That's one of the issues I faced when I tried to contact the
CoC: I didn't have clear who was behind it. It shouldn't be personal,
but, at the same time, you need to know who you are sending your
problems to. If not, some people may not feel safe to send anything.

> - Personally, I would *not* include statements about the local event
> funding issues (or whatever those are: I'm not involved in active OSGeo
> work) in your announcement email.  I would guess your focus *with this
> announcement* is on having people be more polite and focused on actual
> issues on the list, rather than dealing with any reporting/finance issues.

My original idea was to have two separated statements: one for that
issue and the other one more generic.

> Keeping the message simple is important to ensure that any questions
> that do come up in replies are just about appropriate conduct.  Keeping
> the conversation on this thread (in the announcement) and from the
> individuals serving as CoC contact points focused on just the CoC will
> help get the message across.
> Does that make sense?
> One minor comment: it seems that you've copied the text for the OSGeo
> CoC from other sources.  It would be polite to reference the source you
> copied from at the end of the CoC.  Separately, showing where you copied
> parts from is a good indicator to community participants that you're
> serious about the CoC, since you are re-using widely used terms from
> other communities.
> The ASF does this in our CoC:
> https://www.apache.org/foundation/policies/conduct#endnotes

Makes sense. I wasn't there for the first version, maybe someone who
was on the original group can fill the gaps?

> Hope that helps!
> - Shane Curcuru
>   Punderthings LLC
>   Also volunteers as Director and community member at the ASF
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