I'm speaking as a volunteer, not as WMF staff, if that matters to you.

Adrian Raddatz wrote:
> It should be pretty darn easy to make a policy on user interactions within
> technical spaces. There is certainly a practice which is already followed,
> so just codify it and call it a guideline or a generally accepted
document.
> I would certainly support a page that people can read to find our
> expectations for interactions, and what happens if you're naughty.

That's what a Code of Conduct is. :)

It would be wonderful if it were as easy as you describe, but it hasn't
proven to be.

It's taking longer because the WMF/Board did not initially take the
approach of applying this 'top-down' style to the technical spaces.Those of
us who have been involved (some, like myself before we became staff) want
to do it with community involvement and with thoughtful discussion. Are we
going to get it right the first time around? No, maybe not. Are we trying
to design something with thoughtfulness and flexibility? Yes.

MZMcBride wrote:
> And if we disregard any application of common sense, then yes, you could
> argue that a technical code of conduct is needed.

One could also argue that a disregard for common sense is exactly what
permits individuals to violate our shared expectations of community
behavior.

Yours,
Chris Koerner
clkoerner.com
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