Ubuntu Code of Conduct: omissions and suggestions

C de-Avillez hggdh2 at ubuntu.com
Wed Apr 6 20:33:34 UTC 2016

On Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:25:03 +0200
Alberto Salvia Novella <es20490446e at gmail.com> wrote:

> Matthew Paul Thomas:
>  > No clear anti-harassment policy at all.  
> I think this is a very good idea. On the other hand harassment on the 
> Internet has no impact if you know how to handle it, so
> probably instructing people on that would be even better.
> The truth is been a victim of harassment is a choice. There is no
> reason to continue enrolling with someone who creeps you. You simply
> tell them you expect been treated well in any case, say bye bye, and
> go back to meaningful things.

This is rightish in one sense, and absolutely wrong on another.

On one hand, people can ignore on-line harassment. Add the offender to
the spam list, /ignore on IRC, whatever. But... this only works
_sometimes_, and completely fails in the offender is a person with some
knowledge the offended would benefit from otherwise (and etc.).

On the other hand, this is a community. If we state the community does
not accept harassment, then an offender is going against the
*community* as much as against the offended.

Although not explicitly stated, we --as far as I can remember -- have
always considered harassment of any kind wrong. This is (again) a
*community* position.

It is time we make it official.



p.s. thanks to mpt for bringing this up.
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