While commenting on the Synthrotek owner's rape jokes / thread deletion thread my thoughts came to the idea of community codes of conduct (CoC) and whether or not lines has or needs one.
It is my opinion this is by far the highest quality music, art, and technology community on the net andI would love to see it continue to thrive. While many of us “know each other” from many interactions in the virtual and sometimes physical world, there is also an continued influx of many other people as word spreads. The community is already up to nearly 2600 users and growing.
While I haven’t really seen any sign of it yet, there’s always the danger of a community drifting away from its original sprit as it continues to grow. I’ve seen it happen with many other forums I’ve participated in the past. I kind of feel like having a CoC is a good way to codify some of the values of a community and keep them from becoming diluted. In programming communities I’m familiar with that have implemented codes of conduct there has also been increased inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups because people feel more
Do other people think it is worth discussing formalizing some kind of community code of conduct? or does that feel too heavy handed and unnecessary?