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A lightning talk from OSCON 2011 calling for help with the Redwood Project.

A lightning talk from OSCON 2011 calling for help with the Redwood Project.

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Announcing the Redwood project Announcing the Redwood project Presentation Transcript

  • Announcing theRedwood Open project
  • Toward solving the code of conduct problem.
  • Anti-social behavior is detrimental to communities.
  • It drives existing members away.
  • It scares newmembers away.
  • (Projects require a constant flow ofnewcomers to live,thrive and survive.)
  • It gives your project a bad reputation.
  • “Yeah, that’s just how those guys are.”
  • For project leaders, dealing with the behavior sucks.
  • It takes time away from real work.
  • Who wants to write acode of conduct for a conference?
  • Who wants to writepolicies for a mailing list or IRC channel?
  • Who has time to?
  • But these aresolved problems.
  • Ex: OSBridge havepublished their code of conduct for use.
  • Even then,tracking down suitable documents is time-consuming.
  • What to do?
  • I’m starting a project called Redwood.
  • Redwood wants to help leaders create strong, lasting projects.
  • (You know?Redwood trees? Strong?Last a long time?)
  • Redwood’s firstdeliverable will be a code of conduct.
  • It will be a named entity that projectsadopt like a license.
  • Mailing lists could say “We adhere toRedwood Mailing List Policies v1.0”
  • Project websites could have a badge saying “We are a Redwood Project”.
  • The Redwood badge would let newcomersknow the project takes community seriously.
  • A kind of “GoodHousekeeping Seal OfKeeping Things Civil.”
  • Note that this is notjust for Perl projects.
  • (Last week, Rasmus had to tell the PHP dev list not to call each other assholes.)
  • We can help all open source projects.
  • Redwood has other goals as well.
  • We will be a repositoryof information to help projects with other Solved Problems.
  • But the policies/codething is Numero Uno.
  • I’m looking for help on the project.
  • I’ve been roundingpeople up all week.
  • I know the objections to this idea.
  • “But you can’tchange people!”
  • No kidding.
  • I want to make it easier for leaders to manage their projects.
  • “Dude, people willalways be like that. Live with it.”
  • I get that. But I think we canstill improve things.
  • Some of you think I’m just whining.
  • That’s OK, too.
  • But for the rest of you,
  • who want to help improve the opensource community
  • and make it easier forprojects to do the same
  • please come talk to me.
  • Andy Lesterandy@petdance.com(I’m pretty findable)
  • Let’s improve our little slice of the world. Thank you.