Code of Coding
The Code of Coding is a project management and relations mission-statement geared toward the promotion of meritocracy in the face of increasing hostility toward the principle within technical spaces due, in large part, to draconian and paternalistic "Codes of Conduct" that have proliferated therein. It is the belief of the creators of this Code that these are poisonous to the communities that adopt them and, at best, perpetuate the false reality of wanton harassment and toxicity within these places, and that the proliferators are often not acting with sincereity or without opportunism. They are often little more than an excuse for blacklisting campaigns, creating persona-non-grata out of those who do not fall within ideological lines of the proliferators and progenitors.
Beyond the promotion of meritocracy, the Code has been written to avoid proscription whenever possible. Working professionals do not written prohibitions of racism, sexism, or harassment any more than they need them for murder or taking candy from children.
It has, similarily, been written to avoid prescriptions whenever possible, particularly demands on participants' behaviour. Demands on project participants to act and communicate in the style that is most outwardly wholesome ultimately leads to indirect styles of communication peppered with saccharine pleasantries while walking on eggshells, creating an environment that is counter to meritocratic ideals.
The Code welcomes discussion and contributions around it, including issues and pull requests.
The creators of this project would like to give thanks to all those who believe in the spirit and pursual of the foundations of the Code, and those that have been damaged by those who work against them. Special thanks to the Code of Merit (http://code-of-merit.org) for being an ally in the promotion of meritocracy.