Here's an idea: every time you feel like sharing a new exciting app / tech / program, don't limit yourself to looking at its features. But also look at:
- Who is developing it? Is the team diverse? What kind of organisation is it?
- What resources are they relying on?
- Have they, **from the beginning**, published a code of conduct, and/or released a statement that specifies that fascists, racists, queerphobes, patriarchs, down-punchers are not welcome to use or contribute to the tool?
@stragu Also, look to see if it can be used by people with disabilities.
@devinprater oh yes. Very good point, sorry I missed that one!
@mysticCabinboy I don’t agree, I think they do help in stating from the beginning that some discourse is not going to be tolerated, and might save people some spoons otherwise dedicated to challenge dealing with online oppressors. Obviously, one can’t argue that having that is sufficient. But are you saying that you might as well not have it? A code of conduct will at least make people feel they can join a project that will be more likely to be an enjoyable, safe space for them...
@mysticCabinboy thanks for expanding.
Not sure the N-word example was absolutely necessary though. Also, I think it’s a bit presumptuous to assume that anyone who posts a code of conduct is doing it “to look good” and is not going to put every effort in enforcing it, with whatever tools they have access to.
So, in your opinion, how do we effectively make it safer for oppressed minorities and communities online? I’m genuinely interested in knowing how we can make things less crap.