[Hpr] Harassment on HPR

dosman dosman at packetsniffers.org
Sat Dec 14 07:16:30 PST 2019

Sorry to hear about this situation, that is unfortunate and I hope this is resolved soon for the folks involved.

As far as the CoC or other wording fixes, please do consider this route with caution. Whether you approve of them or not, CoC’s are an attack surface, and organizations who are pushed to adopt them often don’t consider this. All groups already have the ability to eject people from their midst who behave in ways the group disapproves of. A CoC simply extends this ability to people outside your group. Also, it may tie your hands in cases when someone simply makes a mistake or there’s merely a misunderstanding much like school no-tolerance policies. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. The question is if someone is intentionally and/or perpetually offensive or just made a mistake. Do you want your hands tied in the later case? Especially considering that this platform is a place where people with many diverse view points come together to discuss them. If a CoC is inevitable then you can still somewhat navigate those issues, or you can give up all your power to anyone outside your organization who may have an axe to grind against you or a few of your members. The choice is yours.


> On Dec 14, 2019, at 8:01 AM, Dave Lee <dave at thelovebug.org> wrote:
> Both Caroline and I fully support this proposal... although I can't help thinking that this goes beyond a simple wording change to the possibility of needing a CoC (if the harassment is coming from within the network?)
> Cheers,
> Dave
> On Sat, 14 Dec 2019, 12:57 Ken Fallon, <ken at fallon.ie <mailto:ken at fallon.ie>> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have had disturbing reports that multiple hosts have been harassed
> after posting shows to HPR. After further investigation I have no reason
>  to doubt that these reports are anything but genuine.
> This has been a bit of a shock to me, as HPR has always seemed like a
> well-regulated community. I for one don't condone harassment or
> offensive behavior especially against people who have made the effort to
>  contribute to the network. I believe that this is the view of the HPR
> Community in general, but I would like confirmation.
> Therefore I formally propose the following policy change.
> Modify http://hackerpublicradio.org/about.php#free_culture <http://hackerpublicradio.org/about.php#free_culture> as follows:
> < Hacker Public Radio is dedicated to sharing knowledge
> ---
> > Hacker Public Radio is dedicated to sharing knowledge in a welcoming
> community that offers positive feedback and encourages respectful debate.
> I would appreciate your active response on this issue.
> --
> Regards,
> Ken Fallon
> http://kenfallon.com <http://kenfallon.com/>
> http://hackerpublicradio.org/correspondents.php?hostid=30 <http://hackerpublicradio.org/correspondents.php?hostid=30>
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