Fwd: Delegation update for the Community Team
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From: Jonathan Carter <email@example.com>
Subject: Delegation update for the Community Team
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2020 17:35:42 +0200
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Dear Debian Developers
I hereby appoint Molly de Blanc and Sruthi Chandran as
members of the Debian Community Team. The delegation
remains unchanged otherwise and is included below.
The current members of the team are thus:
* Steve McIntyre (93sam)
* Jean-Philippe Mengual (jpmengual)
* Luke Faraone (lfaraone)
* Molly de Blanc (mollydb)
* Pierre-Elliott Bécue (peb)
* Andy Simpkins (rattusrattus)
* Sruthi Chandran (srud)
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
* 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
* To work with event organisers to make sure that Debian
Events have adequate incident response teams to respond to
* 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
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 appropriate.
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 trade-offs 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.
- -Jonathan, Debian Project Leader
⢀⣴⠾⠻⢶⣦⠀ Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) <jcc>
⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋ https://debian.org | https://jonathancarter.org
⠈⠳⣄⠀⠀⠀⠀ Debian, the universal operating system.
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