[erlang-questions] Announcing Erlang.org Code of Conduct

Fred Hebert mononcqc@REDACTED
Fri Mar 13 17:02:48 CET 2015

On 03/13, Loïc Hoguin wrote:
> When you write down rules, you always end up with some unrelated people
> trying to enforce these rules, despite it not being their job. This can
> create unnecessary conflicts. A number of these people will also try to
> enforce the word of the rules rather than their spirit.

The rules also ask them not to enforce the rules on their own, so they
might be bad enforcers, but frankly, that's a problem for then and

In any case, I don't understand how you can be worried about
yet-non-existent rule-enforcers, but you are not worried by
yet-non-existent rule-breakers. Something is not logical there.

> There also doesn't seem to be in the CoC an explanation of the process to
> either defend yourself (as you point out, not everyone is native English
> speaker, so misunderstanding happen and they do quite regularly), nor is
> there an explanation for how to redeem yourself.

"To lift a ban or otherwise contend a regulative measure, contact

Is all that's mentioned. I'm guessing they'll go at it case-by-case for

> This is a problem to me because every few months I manage to offend
> someone without meaning it. A few weeks ago I got attacked when all I
> tried to do was make a compliment, to give you an example.

I'm guessing people here are humans, and if they can understand without
a code of conduct, surely they can understand with one involved as well.

> And as Benoit points out, it's a concern that we don't know who the
> moderators are and how they are selected. I have seen way too often
> moderators ban people on a whim due to personal issues rather than
> rules being broken.

See my response to Benoit.

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