KDE prides itself as being a community. Is that justified? I have seen good, hard-working people driven away from projects because they were receiving behaviour from other members of our community that they would not accept from general users. The Code of Conduct, it seems, is for others, not for ourselves. We have a number of people in our community that regularly use aggressive behaviour, attacking the work of others without even bothering to ask why their particular dislike was implemented. What’s worse, they are often very respected members of the community, for the work they do – but why are they allowed to behave like this? The CWG (and I include myself here, as I was part of it for quite a long time) have done nothing about it – because generally they don’t interfere unless there are complaints from the victim. “We can’t offend such a valuable contributor!” So we allow things to continue. When a victim simply disappears from the scene, so does the problem – until next time.
It’s time for some serious questions. What should we be doing when one respected member of the community attacks others? I’m not talking about words spoken in the heat of the moment, then retracted, but of repeated attacks, apparently designed to make the victims feel worthless. Often the perpetrator has treated several people in the same way. We are, or can be, better than this.
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