OpenStreetMap is one of the few open source initiatives that operates without a formal Code of Conduct. Many  of the large open source projects have adopted a Code of Conduct for their mailing lists, forums and conferences.
Why would we want to have a formal standard for contact? OpenStreetMap longevity depends on our being able to attract and keep new mappers, developers and third party users. Good behavior means more people feel comfortable engaging in community discussions. Bad conduct not only drives people away but can lead to giving OSM a bad reputation. Our reputation is key to raising funds needed for operation and growth. The OSMF Board has a fiduciary responsibility to protect our project. Adopting and enforcing a Code of Conduct is a step in that direction.
 Some examples of CoC guidelines are:
- Be respectful
- Be friendly and patient
- Be civil and considerate
- Be collaborative
- Assume good intentions.
- Respect time and attention
- Disclose potential conflicts
- Take responsibility for our words and our actions
- Be welcoming
- Be careful in the words that you choose
- Discriminatory remarks based on stereotypes
- Violent threats or language directed against another person.
- Discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
- Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
- Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
- Deliberately spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt)
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
Adopting a CoC is just one step in the process. If we only post the CoC when members sign up on a mailing list or attend our conferences, nothing will change. Instead the Board should:
- Define the scope of the policy: may include mailing lists, conferences and other in person gatherings, forums, comments on changesets, IRC,
- Decide who is responsible for responding to reports of abuse
- Determine consequences for violating the CoC
- Provide appropriate avenues to report abuse
- Periodically remind members of our CoC
## Example of Codes of Conduct by Open Source organizations:
- Linux Foundation
- Ada Initiative
- Open Source Initiative
- Climate CoLab (crowdsource climate change)
- Defining and Developing an Effective Code of Conduct for Organizations
- Ada Initiative How to design a code of conduct for your community
- The Geek Feminism CoC Evaluations
I want to thank everyone that contributed to this document. Blake Giradot, Martijn van Exel, Andrew Johnson, Kate Chapman, Ian Dees, Dale Kunce, and Joost Schouppe. If I missed anyone, I apologize in advance.