[Chaoss-Board] CHAOSS response to FSF

Georg Link linkgeorg at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 14:24:13 UTC 2021

Hi Sean,

Thanks for the suggestion to add an explicit statement about RMS's damaging
behavior to our email to the CHAOSS Community.


On Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 7:14 AM Sean Goggins <s at goggins.com> wrote:

> To the letter drafted below, you may want to add something along the lines
> of:
> As a community, we are aware of statements made by RMS in the past that
> are exclusionary. Of equal, or perhaps great significance, is that as a
> public figure in the open source community who is recognized for
> passionately non-inclusive language, welcoming him onto the board of the
> FSF would send a strong, and possibly lasting signal that Open Source
> Software, in the very largest sense, remains a non-inclusive work context
> for many. At CHAOSS, we are working to help advance open source toward a
> more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future. In that light, we think it
> is critical that we erase any doubt about our guiding principles of a more
> diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for open source software. For
> those reasons, we ask for the immediate removal of RMS from the Free
> Software Foundation Board.
> Possibly too strong. However, my point that RMS is more of a risk to the
> future of DEI in open source as a symbol of support for non-inclusivity,
> than he is a threat to DEI individually is the main one.
> Sean
> On Mar 31, 2021, at 3:40 PM, Georg Link <linkgeorg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi CHAOSS Board members,
> In the DEI Working Group call [1] there was discussion about the
> recent/ongoing concerns related to RMS rejoining the FSF board. As the DEI
> WG is committed to helping organizations and communities center DEI in
> their open source work, the question was raised whether CHAOSS could or
> should have any response. It is possible that the Linux Foundation is also
> responding to this (or already has) and any insight on that would be
> helpful too.
> We have three decisions to make and I would love your input.
> We don't need to make the choice right now, we can first discuss.
> I will voice my own opinion in a response to this email tomorrow.
> *# Decision 1 - YES/NO: Public Statement:* Does CHAOSS make a public
> statement?
> Other organizations have publicly stated how they stand on the subject of
> bringing RMS back on board but more broadly about expecting respect and
> dignity from free software and open source leaders. Examples:
>    - OpenUK:
>    https://openuk.uk/openuk-response-to-richard-stallmans-reinstatement-to-fsf-board/
>    - RedHat:
>    https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/red-hat-statement-about-richard-stallmans-return-free-software-foundation-board
>    - Outreachy:
>    https://www.outreachy.org/blog/2021-03-23/fsf-participation-barred/
> *# Decision 2 - YES/NO: Community Communication: *Do we, as the board,
> send a message to our community members?
> We are lucky with how inclusive the CHAOSS community is and now might be a
> good time to reinforce that this is by design and choice, affirming to our
> community members that we value and strive for DEI, respect, and positive.
> Here is a draft for the CHAOSS mailing list that we can discuss:
> >>>
> Hello CHAOSS Community members,
> In light of recent events surrounding the FSF, we wanted to reach out to
> our community; specifically those who may feel uncertain what our stance
> is. We wanted to assure you that this community does not condone or
> tolerate harassment or inappropriate conduct at any time.
> We would also like to extend our sincere thank you to all of you. Your
> effort and contributions are what make the CHAOSS community who we are. We
> welcome and support everyone.You have all been excellent in creating a
> positive environment by:
>    - Using welcoming and inclusive language
>    - Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
>    - Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
>    - Focusing on what is best for the community
>    - Showing empathy towards other community members
> Should you notice unacceptable behavior, please use our process in our Code
> of Conduct <https://chaoss.community/about/code-of-conduct/> to allow us
> to restore the positive environment we are currently enjoying in CHAOSS.
> >>>
> Thank you to Matt, Nicole, and Elizabeth for helping with the draft.
> *# Decision 3 - YES/NO: Sign Open Letter:* Does CHAOSS sign the open
> letter to FSF?
> This is the letter: https://rms-open-letter.github.io/
> What are your thoughts?
> Best,
> Georg
> PS: Please remember that the CHAOSS Board mailing list has a public
> archive. You can share your thoughts privately with me and other board
> members by sending a direct email.
> [1] CHAOSS DEI meeting from 2021-03-24, starting at minute 28:30
> <https://youtu.be/L_tuEhyLRt4?t=1714>
> --
> Georg Link, PhD
> (he/him)
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