[oi-dev] OpenIndiana Code of Conduct

Michael Kruger makruger2000 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 02:08:54 UTC 2016

On 07/20/2016 06:19 AM, Johan S via oi-dev wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jul 2016 01:44:00 +0200
> Nikola M <minikola at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 07/19/16 02:26 PM, Aurélien Larcher wrote:
>>>     As part of a larger effort at providing a more formal governance
>>>     structure for the OpenIndiana project, I’d like to announce on the
>>>     behalf of OI developers the adoption of an OpenIndiana Code of
>>>     Conduct. The draft text for this new document can be found
>>>     at http://www.openindiana.org/community/code-of-conduct/.
>>> Looks reasonable to me.
>> That's because you are not seeing enough in the future.
> and the future will certainly go this way rule #3137 violates rule #2169
> you're right , i fork from now...
> unsubscribe

Hello Johan,

I'm sorry you view the adoption of a Code of Conduct as a slippery slope 
leading to an endless set of rules and regulations. And to anyone else 
feeling this way you have my sympathies as well.

In my view I see the project is at a turning point and as Adam recently 
pointed out, the current situation is untenable and problematic.

On many occasions I have heard people vocalize their frustrations 
regarding the inability to get anything done in a public venue. As a 
relatively new member of this community I have often felt that way myself.

I have also seen individual community members try to single handily 
address problematic behaviors by pointing them out in the hope that by 
doing so, the problematic behaviors would cease.

Each time this occurred, the individual community members gave up in 
frustration. In fact, in a most recent incident, the individual 
community member characterized the remedial exercise as 'rolling a large 
rock up the hill".

As a community, we shouldn't expect each individual community member to 
have to fight this battle themselves, rather I think it should be done 
collectively. The adoption of a sensible CoC helps to achieve that.

I am sure what everyone wants here is a supportive and inclusive work 
environment where collectively we can do some really neat things.

But if the work environment is hostile or dysfunctional, and we as a 
community ignore the issues by allowing the behavioral problems to 
continue without any collective action, then it seems to me we are 
effectively telling the community:

"Yes, we have some problems, just try ignore them the best you can and 
not become discouraged and leave as a result of them".

Frankly I get enough of that in my day job. And I don't feel I should 
have to deal with it while volunteering for an open source project.

In light of this, it's pretty clear we're not going to please everyone 
no matter what direction the project takes. The community may loose 
members either way.

Therefore, I see the adoption of a code of conduct as a sensible step 
towards sound project governance, which will in the end produce a well 
managed and supportive work environment for all community members.

I do hope you'll reconsider and remain with the community.

Best Regards,


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