Talk:Code of conduct

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Add “Pasting pictures and code”: link to Copying text from a terminal

May a link to Copying text from a terminal be added in the following fragment?

“Do not post screenshots of text output; post the actual text.”

Expected result:

“Do not post screenshots of text output; post the actual text.”

--Mpan (talk) 08:47, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks: done Jasonwryan (talk) 20:26, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Addition to Cross-posting

Currently we have the cross-posting section which says:

 Cross-posting is posting the same question multiple times in different subforums.

It doesn't cover the scenario when users post multiple threads pertaining to the same topic, with or without minor changes, in the same subforum. So, I suggest that the section be changed to "Cross-posting/Posting multiple topics" and cover the above mentioned scenario in that.

X33a (talk) 05:54, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

It does go on to say: "or posting slight variants of the question in the same or different subfora." Jasonwryan (talk) 06:52, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
Closing per the above. -- Alad (talk) 17:22, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Maybe make the section "correct" more clear

I'd like to see a clearer title for that section and add a little more on how users should effectively ask for help and report issues. ie they need to state the whole problem and what they have already tried as well as logs and error messages. how to report and ask smart questions are both great links.

Maybe "don't ask to ask" could also be added, as in, "can someone help me? My Arch install is broken!" type of messages.Meskarune (talk) 01:15, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

I don't think the ask smart questions is such a great link to give people. It's good for understanding our culture but it's not good for smooth relations with people asking questions. However, I do think how to report should be added; it's concise and to the point without risking antagonizing the person with a question. MacGyver (talk) 14:00, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, maybe https://askubuntu.com/help/how-to-ask would be a better link to use. It is shorter, nicer and clearer than ESR's doc. Meskarune (talk) 03:26, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
I'm not sure I agree re. ESR. It is an exemplary exposition of the critical thinking required to effectively engage with a technical audience. I have no issues with people finding it difficult; this isn't a distro like Ubuntu where popularity is a consideration. Our focus is on contribution, so a degree of proficiency, or the desire to attain proficiency, is a prerequisite. Reading Smart Questions is a pretty good gauge of that willingness. Jasonwryan (talk) 06:58, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Explicit prohibition of discriminatory and abusive language

This is implied in the "Respect" section. We already enforce these things. Spelling it out will give reassurance to the underprivileged. Something like this (cribbed from archlinux-newbie's rules): "Bigotry, misogyny, antisemitism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, acephobia, cissexism, fatphobia, sizeism, ageism, etc. are unacceptable and will face strict moderation." -- fsckd (talk) 16:48, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

This seems like a really solid addition to me. Making it explicit that the Arch Community should be an open and welcoming place (by clearly disavowing and disallowing hate) cannot be a negative in my opinion. Halosghost (talk) 16:53, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
+1. If it gets added, it fits best as a new sentence after "..please avoid sarcastic and patronizing language." in Code of conduct#Do not flame in my opinion. To lead over there, the new sentence could start with "Statements with implied or direct references to bigotry, ...". --Indigo (talk) 18:26, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
I'd simply mention the underlying principle:
"Statements with implied or direct references to discriminatory or contemptuous behaviour are unacceptable, and will face strict moderation"
Regarding the place to put it, it equally fits to Code_of_conduct#Respect_other_users. There's some repetition either way, but I guess that's a good thing in the context of this article. -- Alad (talk) 21:08, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
I'd be fine with the principle, but would go with what fsckd thinks is ok to achieve purpose. In my view it does not fit the Code of conduct#Respect other users subsection that well, because it would water down the "ad hominem" reference to a more plain/obvious subset of its meaning. --Indigo (talk) 12:19, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
It should be clear what kind of discrimination is disallowed. Otherwise people will complain we discriminate against neo-nazis or MRAs. (Heck, have had people accuse us of discriminating against systemd trolls.) I'm still trying to think of right way to express what is meant by discrimination. -- fsckd (talk) 17:19, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
I would be wary of a catalogue; it just encourages trolls to litigate and wallow in semantics. A statement of principle should be sufficient; something like: "Arch Linux is a respectful, inclusive community. Anti-social or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated." Jasonwryan (talk) 20:06, 20 August 2016 (UTC)