Mike Doty wrote: [Thu May 18 2006, 02:41:03PM CDT]
> The flamewars on public communication channels is out of hand. it's
> having an negative effect in many parts of gentoo, even those that are
> not directly affected by the said war. This is something that urgently
> needs to be addressed.
I disagree. I don't see a flamewar, but a spirited discussion. As for
it having a negative effect "in many parts of gentoo", perhaps such a
blanket statement deserves some evidence? Which areas? How many is
> So, here is my proposal. I hope it's not the only one.
Fair enough, I'll add mine: do nothing other than urge politeness and do
one's utmost to separate vitriol and opinion from fact.
> creation of a etiquette enforcement group. This group should be a
> subproject of devrel, but should not be made up of devrel members. I
> say this because the actions and powers of this group need to be
> separated from devrel.
Just as a logical point, exactly what authority does devrel have over
non-devs? Seems like the wrong project to me. Perhaps userrel?
That aside, I think censoring is unwise, and I certainly won't support
it. Of course, I have no actual power, but I'll argue vociferously
against any such plan. There's a marked difference between automated
spamming of a mailing list (which, of course, would result in access
being suspended) and somebody being annoying.
I'm not a wholly unreasonable person, I don't think, and I disagree that
things are out of hand. Were your proposal in effect, we would be
censoring on cases where reasonable people disagree. I think that's far
too low a bar to set.
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