[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC][ALT PATCHES] Code of Conduct Enforcement

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Tue May 15 16:10:17 EEST 2018

> I'm leaning toward 2, but there would need to be some other way to deal
> with people not getting along. Maybe Mumble conferences where the
> involved parties get to air their feelings on whatever is at issue? I
> dunno

I'm not weighing in on the CoC so much as offering my experience with
other open source projects.  I will say that getting the developers in
a room face-to-face can be a *huge* help to improving relationships.
It's so easy to say mean spirited things over email that you would
never say to a person sitting in front of you and, as Tomas suggested,
nuances like sarcasm are very easy to misinterpret (creating bad blood
to people who otherwise wouldn't have a conflict).

Speaking from personal experience, I've had developers who I had a
poor working relationship over email, and things significantly
improved after meeting up over dinner/drinks.  It really reinforces
that these people you are dealing with over email are real human
beings (something that I think everyone needs to be reminded of once
in a while).

Of course there have been a few cases where when meeting a developer
in person I had the realization that "wow, this person really is a
jerk and it's not just a language barrier or poor email etiquette",
but at least then you know for sure...


Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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