[OSGeo-Conf] Tone of communication

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 12:23:55 PST 2017


I haven't read the support letter you reference (it appears to have been 
removed from the current proposal, and I'm not interested to dig further).

In expressing your opinion (which I'll assume may be valid) I suggest 
that it would be helpful to select words which are more in line with our 
Code of Conduct [2]:

/Be empathetic, welcoming, friendly, and patient.//
//We work together to resolve conflict, assume good intentions, and do 
our best to act in an empathetic fashion. We may all experience some 
frustration from time to time, but we do not allow frustration to turn 
into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or 
threatened is not a productive one. Note that we have a multi-cultural, 
multi-lingual community and some of us are non-native speakers. We 
should be respectful when dealing with other community members as well 
as with people outside our community./

I'm concerned that Ivan is being made to feel unwelcome, and will be 
wary of expressing an opinion in future. I'm concerned others watching 
this email thread would also be wary of expressing an opinion in future 
in case they are treated in a similar manner.

I feel that leaders in the OSGeo community should be aiming to make 
people feel welcome. If others express opinions we disagree with then 
maybe offer to mentor them to express their opinions in a more 
appropriate manner. I know it is more work, but I think it is worth it 
as it builds a healthier community in the long run.

Warm regards, Cameron

[2] http://www.osgeo.org/code_of_conduct

On 6/12/17 2:09 am, Iván Sánchez Ortega wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan 
> <venka.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just has a quick look at both and noticed that
>> the support letter on page 92 of the SLOC proposal
>> [1] is repulsive and in extremely poor taste.
> As the person who wrote that letter, I cannot help but feel somewhat 
> disappointed by this reaction.
> However, I know that W3F has always been seen as conflictive. There is 
> a point to W3F, and there is a place and time to make that point. The 
> call for venues for FOSS4G 2019 is not that place.
> I will work with the SLOC to provide an alternate letter. I'll also 
> understand if the SLOC wants to withdraw my support from their proposal.
> Cheers,

Cameron Shorter
Technology Demystifier, Learnosity
Open Technologies Consultant

M +61 (0) 419 142 254

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