FreeBSD has a politics problem

Johannes Jost Meixner johannes at
Thu Mar 8 17:54:53 UTC 2018

On 03/07/2018 21:48, Julian Zottl wrote:
> So I'll ask a stupid question: Why not base it off of the millions of CoC's
> already out there?
> is a good start.  Yes, it's a commercial company, but it could easily be
> modified.
> The CoC as it stands is ridiculous.  Here is my contribution to helping.
> Don't call out inclusion, it should naturally happen with an open CoC. I
> like the KISS method of working.
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> FreeBSD aspires to be a different kind of community. It’s impossible to
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> And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t
> right – speak up!
> Not really that hard, eh?
> ----
> Julian

One of the previous codes of conduct made that "merit" case, it was not
well-received and resulted in


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