+1 to Bess for raising the topic -- I'm onboard.
Jon's point is an important one. Code4Lib does not have a formal structure, owner, or convening body. Any power in the Code4Lib community is directly proportional to the collective will of the members of this community. Therefore I think it is important to have a way for community members to register an endorsement of the policy/code-of-conduct. That will be how the local meeting hosts and the IRC channel ops and the mailing list owners (all volunteers) are empowered to take action.
Here are a couple of ways to do it, along with some advantages and disadvantages:
* Registering names on a wiki page:
+ Low overhead, account infrastructure not required
- Subject to vandalism and false signatures
* Sign by forking the GitHub repo:
+ Good for version control (a particular version is signed)
+ Fork appearing on GitHub repo list keeps commitment in the forefront of signer's mind
- Requiring signers to have a GitHub account may not be realistic
* Create a lightweight signing app on Code4Lib.org
+ Lighter weight account registration requirement than GitHub
- Requires someone to create app
- Signers must sign up for a code4lib.org account; overhead for code4lib.org administrators
On Nov 26, 2012, at 7:15 PM, Jon Stroop <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The responses to the list in the past couple of hours alone suggest that
> this is something much of the community would want to get behind. To
> that end, and as a show of (positive) force--not to mention how cool our
> community is--I think it might be neat if we could find a way to make
> whatever winds up being drafted something we can sign; i.e. attach our
> personal names. I don't know how that would work exactly...maybe via the
> wiki (where it seems to me a lot of good info goes to die) or the
> code4lib Github (slightly better since you could link to your
> credentials in a an environment much larger than our own, and everyone
> could have a copy), but something along those lines. I'm happy to help
> if I can.
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