free media alliance
free software, free culture, free hardware
it is your community[lit]
if the free media alliance had a code of conduct, it would probably be the "no code of conduct".
the reason is that the ideal size of the free media community isnt a forum, or a wiki, or a code repository-- the ideal size of the free media community is the world. you may have noticed that the entire world has a wide range of different ideas about what good conduct is. great! thats not our job.
that doesnt mean that "free media" isnt built on principles; its built on the 4 freedoms, its built on free software, and its built on free culture.
but the charter already makes that clear enough; we dont need to tell people which [lit]words to use[lit] and we dont need to tell you how you [lit]should[lit] run your meetups.
even though we dont take monetary donations, and dont need 501c3 status (which would limit our ability to say things that could be considered partisan) we are not trying to narrow the people who are allowed to contribute, for the sake of being more inclusive. for some of us, thats an absurd contradiction.
we dont govern that. if 7,500 of you want to have a "safe space" free media meeting, and 100 of you want a mosh pit, have a mosh pit-- have a safe space. this organisation exists to promote freedom, perhaps largely on a premise that code is a form of free speech! so asking you to adopt some "official vocabulary" [lit]just to gain access to tech support[lit] is a bit weird.
are there benefits to thinking critically about the terms people use out of habit? sure! is it our job to tell every member how to talk? absolutely not! thats why the charter says this on the matter:
"avoid excessive[lit]/[lit]unnecessary[lit]/[lit]condescending codes of conduct; if your organisation must have one, eh-- this organisation neither promotes nor forbids them, though they are certainly at least a mild threat [lit]/[lit] concern to some advocates of free speech.
while free software and open source are definitely not the same thing (and continue to grow farther apart, because they are not 100% compatible and also start with different goals) it is not a goal of the free media alliance to proscribe language to its members."
actually it was supposed to be "prescribe," but it works almost as well (almost better) with the typo.
its not our job. we arent your parents. if you werent raised properly, its up to you to be the right kind of human.
our job is to help you promote freedom, not try to control your thinking with a gnu-speak dictionary.
in fairness, this should probably be added: people in love with their own brand of partisan politics arent the only ones trying to come up with the best words for you to use. the fsf page being referenced isnt completely terrible or useless; creating forum rules that reference it is a bit stupid, but if its tongue-in-cheek (its not, theyre serious...) thats fine, whatever.
but thats not our job to tell you to do that. its not our job to tell you not to, either. you can participate even if you have to split into two groups-- one with 24-hour supervision, and the other with complete and total anarchy.
we might not even know all of our members. we are a library, an organisation, a user application-- not a commune. though if you really want a free media commune, you can probably have that too. thats not up to us, its your community. our job is to promote and advocate free software and free culture. being you is still your own job.
yeah, hopefully youll be nice. but who decides what "nice" is? and why (or how) is it more obvious to the people writing codes of conduct?
one of the reasons there are so many gnu[lit]/[lit]linux distros, is that if everybody doesnt have to do exactly the same thing-- if people are really free to do what they want-- they probably wont all agree on what they want to do.
that "words to avoid" page almost certainly came out of an effort against corporate attempts to control narratives with certain language. thats sort of a good idea, to try to do something about that. but is it really better to tell people which words to use instead, or to teach them how to come up with their own best practices?
further reading: (definitely optional though!) [url]https://medium.com/@maradydd/when-nerds-collide-31895b01e68c[url]