Adding a Code of Conduct to MacPorts

Perry E. Metzger perry at
Tue Sep 25 22:01:12 UTC 2018

On Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:25:17 +0530 Jackson Isaac
<ijackson at> wrote:
> Lately, I have seen open source projects have started adopting Code
> of Conduct. [1], [2]
> I think it is a great step to keep the open source community healthy
> and welcoming to everyone.

I'm against these. They feel like loyalty pledges during the McCarthy
era -- politically motivated, redundant, and useful as weapons
against the innocent.

I don't disagree that people in the community should be polite to
each other and that we should not tolerate unpleasant behavior in
connection with the project, even to the point of excluding people
whose unpleasant behavior makes them a net negative for the project.

However, I really do not want to be part of this movement towards
creating formal codes of conduct everywhere, and especially not
adopting some of the ones I've seen that are heavy on vague legalese.

Perry E. Metzger		perry at

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