Announcing the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines
The GNU Kind Communication Guidelines, initial version, have been
published in https //gnu.org/philosophy/kind-communication.html On
behalf of the GNU Project, I ask all GNU contributors to make their
best efforts to follow these guidelines in GNU Project discuaaions.
In August, a discussion started among GNU package maintainers about
the problem that GNU development often pushes women away.1 Clearly this is
not a good thing.2
Some maintainers advocated adopting a "code of conduct" with strict
rules. Some other free software projects have done this, generating
some resistance.3 Several GNU package maintainers responded that they
would quit immediately. I myself did not like the punitive spirit of
that approach, and decided against it.