Re: What do you think of the foundation?


(Coming late to the party -- was away from computer for some time, and
then I had to catch up with things...)

Doing some combo reply, because I don't want to spam everybody.

On the topic of whether the board should enforce the code of conduct,
resolve issues between people, "blame" people, or whatever: I dislike
the idea of making this a general rule. I do think it's generally better
to try to solve the issue privately, with the help of an external person
if needed. It might make sense to ask the board to step in as a last
resort, but I certainly don't want to have the board swamped with many
such requests.

(fwiw, I'd expect that most of such requests sent to the board would
first be handled in an unofficial way by a board member anyway)

I think Dave might have a point that right now, people do not know what
to do in such cases, though. I don't think it's a documentation issue --
if I were to be in a position like this, I wouldn't even search on the
website what to do. I would discuss this with friends from the
community. So it's just some missing general knowledge that if really
there's a big issue for you, you should feel free to contact anybody
from the board or the board itself.

There might be people not daring to contact the board because, well,
the board is all serious, and only cares about very important things,
and bla bla bla :-) And I actually remember being like this. This is a
perception that I'd like to see changed, and I honestly have no idea how
to change it except saying "it's just another (private) mailing list".
Any better idea welcome :-)

And two specific replies:

Le samedi 30 mai 2009, à 09:04 -0600, Stormy Peters a écrit :
> I think the GNOME community can take away the right to publish on GNOME
> forums. So you can say anything you want on your blog but if it doesn't meet
> the GNOME standards of conduct, it can be removed from Planet GNOME. This is
> not anti-diversity - this is a way of encouraging a friendly, respectful
> place to discuss ideas and differences of opinion.

Just wanted to mention that for Planet GNOME, this is already part of
the "rules" (which are public, see
However, I don't think the editors received any complain about a blog so
far -- at least, not since I joined the team.

Le jeudi 28 mai 2009, à 11:48 -0700, Sriram Ramkrishna a écrit :
> There should be some kind of method of releasing a board member from
> duty due to non-activity and let someone else have a stab at it.

See by-laws, article VIII, section 4c, entitled "Removals":


Les gens heureux ne sont pas pressés.

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