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From: Jeroen Roovers <jer@g.o>
Subject: Re: Proposing fundamental changes to DevRel
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:06:17 +0200
On Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:47:34 +0100
Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o> wrote:

> I'm against this idea - conflict resolution, I prefer the term 
> mediation, is not something that the typical Gentoo developer is very 
> good at. For sure, they have been involved in conflicts themselves
> but rarely, if ever, as a mediator.
> 
> I think very few developers would stand for the role - its hard work 
> ask any parent who has mediated between their offspring. 
> I would prefer mediation to draw from a pool of volunteers, probably 
> vetted by some trusted group and assigned to issues after their 
> neutrality in any particular case had been determined by some method 
> involving the protagonists. Elected mediators may well turn out to be 
> unsuitable for the role.

The problem I see is that electing a pool of people to look into this
means opening the proverbial cans of worms to a wider public that
we have so far hidden away and resolved quietly.

I would think that where devrel fails, if and when and so on, the
higher authority to appeal to (the council) is already in place. But
then you could join devrel as a volunteer, I gather. I wonder if that's
what I should start doing now.


     jer


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