[python-uk] Code of Conduct

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Fri Dec 9 16:51:18 EST 2016

Sorry, you'll just have to apply the inverse dyslexia filter to my previous
message. As I've observed in other fora, it's been a long week. S

Steve Holden

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 9:49 PM, Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 9:13 PM, John Lee <jjl at pobox.com> wrote:
>> I remember Dan Ariely reporting research in which some students were
>> asked to sign the MIT honour code before taking a test (in his book
>> "Predictably Irrational" I think).  It was found those students cheated
>> less than a control group.  But, MIT doesn't *have* an honour code
>> (according to Ariely, at the time)!  The hypothesis is that we need
>> reminding about these things to behave better -- and the code itself is not
>> so important.
> In which case if more people did what Daniele did, and called out
> unacceptable behaviour, we would get reminded but only after something at
> least mildly unacceptable had happened.
> Many mailing lists (used to) publish a monthly FAQ, a practice neither
> python-list not this one has ever adopted. I wonder if this might be a
> low-bandwidth way to discourage high-bandwidth incidents?
> Of course this solution is now about thirty-five years old, and I realise
> you young kids like the shiny we stuff, but it might actually give us an
> impersonal way of setting everyone's expectations before things get out of
> hand. If they do so quickly, we can always take the sting out of any
> response by pointing to a web copy of hte FAW and saying :you may not have
> yet been am member of the list long enough to see this."
> After all, we aren't looking to discourage *people* here, but behaviours.
> regards
>  Steve
> Steve Holden
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