[Bylaw Amendment] Removal of Administrative Bylaw 9.B. (Code of Conduct for the Council, Storyteller, and Coordinator List-Servers)

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Proposal Type: Bylaw Revision
Opened: 06-Oct-2014 12:00AM EDT
Closing: 13-Oct-2014 12:00AM EDT


I, Jessica Karels, as Head Coordinator, hereby propose the removal of Administrative Bylaw 9.B. (Code of Conduct for the Council, Storyteller, and Coordinator List-Servers).

While we believe that this CoC may have been brought forth with good intentions, we also feel that it places an unfair amount of power in the hands of the Exec Team to drive and potentially manipulate conversations on the various lists. Further, we feel that it creates a conflict of interest on the part of an Exec team who wants to take a more proactive stance in shaping the future of our organization. It would be like having someone who is both the team captain as well as a referee.

Our organization faces cultural issues when it comes to trust. A Code of Conduct, when implemented in an atmosphere of distrust, is often perceived as a means for those in power to assert their authority over others who vocalize an opposing view.  Even if the authority to enforce this Code of Conduct was placed in the hands of a "neutral" third party, the policy as currently phrased could still be used as a weapon against others.

The issues that we face on the admin lists are not those of civility and politeness, they are far deeper cultural problems where this CoC does more to harm than help.

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