Voice of the Masses: Do we need a Code of Conflict?

The Linux kernel now has its own Code of Conflict, stating: “if anyone feels personally abused, threatened, or otherwise uncomfortable [in mailing list discussions], that is not acceptable”. For some people, this has been a long time coming, but for others, it could just force artificial politeness on proceedings when frank opinions would be more effective.

So as we rev up our podcast engines, we want to hear from you: is the Code of Conflict a good idea, and should it be applied to other FOSS projects? Is there too much invective on mailing lists now? Or should we accept that snarky remarks are inevitable when geeks are discussing technical matters, and providing they don’t become overly personal, we should all have thick enough skins to deal with harsh criticism of our work?

Let us know your musings and we’ll read out the best in our upcoming recording!


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