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Of hall monitors and slippery slopes

May 20, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"Since its inception in July of 2009, the Fedora Hall Monitor policy has had mixed reviews. The intent of the policy is to promote more civil discourse on various Fedora mailing lists—to embody the "be excellent to each other" motto that is supposed to govern project members' behavior. Questions were raised about the recent "hall monitoring" of a thread on fedora-devel, because, instead of the usual reasons for stopping a thread—personal attacks, profanity, threats of violence, and the like—it was stopped, essentially, for going on too long.

"Kevin Kofler's open letter about why he was not going to run again for a seat on the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) was the starting point of the problem thread. But the focus of the discussion was mostly on the update process for Fedora, something which has been roiling the Fedora waters for several months now. Kofler strongly believes that the proposals requiring more "karma"—votes in favor, essentially—in the bodhi package management system before pushing out updates are simply bureaucratic in nature and won't prevent problems with updates. Other FESCo members, apparently the vast majority of them, disagree."

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