The Code of Conduct is credited with setting the tone of the Ubuntu community and making it welcoming and comfortable to newbies who were turned off by other elitist, RTFM-happy distribution communities that were sadly common. It is the code that drew me in to the Ubuntu community.
But why did the code need to change?
The Ubuntu community has grown a heck of a lot since the Code of Conduct was written (in the space of a day, nonetheless). There are now more governance boards/councils/brains trusts than there were in 2004.
My hope is that the Code can continue to be the pillar of the Ubuntu community for another 5 years and onwards.
I think however, we will need a new section before that can happen. We need a Toes Clause.
The Toes Clause
If you witness someone stepping on someone else’s toes; do not harangue the person with the bruised toes for being hurt, simply because you did not feel the crush. If you step on someone’s toes; apologise for stepping on their toes. Resist the urge to point to an inconsiderate witness, or people whose toes you have not yet stepped on, as excuses for not apologising.
Once the Code of Conduct has this clause*, I’m positive that things will be a lot clearer for some people.
* No, I am not really proposing it should be added to the real UCoC. I am suggesting that some people ought to take it on board though, because they seriously don’t seem to be able to see it in the UCoC as it stands.