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Delegation of the Community Team

I am please to make the first delegation of the Community Team.  The
Community team replaces the Antiharassment team, which has been around
for a number of years.  I'd like to start out by thanking all the
members of the Antiharassbment team over the years.  Your work is often
thankless and very important.  I'd especially like to thank Steve for
his work this year getting to a position where we could do this!

I delegate the following developers as members of the
Community Team:

- Andy Simpkins (rattusrattus)
  - Pierre-Elliott Bécue  (peb)
  - Luke Faraone (lfaraone)
  - Steve McIntyre (93sam)
  - Jean-Philippe Mengual  (jpmengual)

The Community team replaces the Antiharassment team, which was not

This delegation is not time-limited.  It stands until updated or removed
by the current or future DPL.

I did consult the delegation advisory group in this delegation; I
believe there are no open unresolved issues raised by the group.

Delegation Text

Name: Community Team

The goal of the Community Team (CT) is to help Debian be a welcoming
place, focusing on response to difficult or contentious
communications, as well as other negative experiences and Code of
Conduct violations. It aims to encourage and foster a respectful,
productive, and inclusive atmosphere throughout the Debian community.

The responsibilities of the team are:

* To respond to concerns directed to the Community Team, raised by
    members of the project or people interacting with them, working with
    individuals to help them.

* To work with teams responsible for communications channels within
    the community such as listmasters, the owner of the Bug Tracking
    System, administrators of Debian Planet and others to provide
    advice; where desired by these teams, helping to deal with
    contentious and difficult issues that impact the community.

* To work with the DPL, Debian Account Managers and others to provide
    advice on interpreting the Code of Conduct.  Such advice may form
    the basis of interpretations of the Code of Conduct that help teams
    in the project set policy around community standards.

* To coordinate responses (both inside and outside the project) to
    ongoing harassment of the Debian community as a whole or portions
    there-of; including working with additional volunteers when the
    community team's members are insufficient.

* To work with event organisers to make sure that Debian Events have
    adequate incident response teams to respond to any concerns.

* To write reports to other teams such as the Planet Admins,
    Listmasters, or Debian Account Managers in response to extreme
    incidents or repeated patterns of problematic behavior.

The team recognises that technical development can lead to arguments
and passionate discussions. Where desired, the team will work with
contributors to help them express disagreement without violating the
CoC. When people do breach the CoC, the team will give guidance on
better ways to interact in the future. We will attempt to consult with
those on all sides of issues when possible. Nevertheless, protection
of the vulnerable and the community as a whole is the ultimate goal of
the team.

If things do not work out, and in cases with a pattern of repeating
problems, the team will raise concerns with other teams as

Maintaining the respect of the community is critical. The most
important facet of this is responding in a timely manner when reports
are brought to the team's attention. Other important examples 
include sensitivity to conflict of interest and balancing tradeoffs
around confidentiality .

The Community Team role has traditionally been emotionally challenging
and resulting in high turnover.  Because of this potentially high
turnover, recruiting new members is even more important for the CT than
for some other delegations.  The DPL and CT will work together to have a
robust, diverse group of volunteers available to join the CT and help
out when more effort is required.

This delegation grants no explicit power to the Community Team to
enforce decisions; the power granted by this delegation is advisory.
However, other teams may work with the Community Team as they choose
and may allow the community team to have power within their channels.
As an example, at the time of this delegation, some community team
members are involved in list moderation.  Within the rules established
by listmaster for the use of this moderation power, it is appropriate
for community team members to use such power in furtherance of the
Community Team mission.

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