Saturday 30 May 2015

Where is the Universal Code of Conduct?

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OSGeo has adopted a Code of Conduct for use across events and projects [Press Release].
It draws very heavily upon upon prior work. In researching, it was interesting to see how Code-of-Conduct iterations have been steadily improving over time [200120102012201220142014]. Positive language has replaced authoritative tones; edge use cases are covered; and a gradual escalation process helps communities self police most infringements in a non-confrontational manner. Unfortunately, no one has been collecting these improvements into a Universal Code of Conduct. It would have been really nice to simply reference an Industry Code of Conduct, similar to the Creative Commons Licenses for data, or Open Source licenses for Software.

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