[Chaoss-Board] CHAOSS response to FSF

Daniel Izquierdo daniel.izquierdo.cortazar at gmail.com
Sat Apr 3 09:50:24 UTC 2021

Hi Georg, and everyone else,

Thanks for moving this forward. I think this is an important action to do.

I agree with the comments and the communication channel to use (email +
blog post).

With respect to the mailing list moderation, we already have a CoC and this
is referenced in the email proposal. I'm not against moderating the list
for a while, but who are we to moderate someone's opinion? Another case is
to moderate new people joining the discussion during these days as they may
join for a specific reason.


El vie, 2 abr 2021 a las 15:58, Georg Link (<linkgeorg at gmail.com>) escribió:

> Hi CHAOSS Board Members,
> TL/DR, proposals:
>    1. Community Communication: YES, send Saturday (tomorrow).
>    2. Public Statement: YES, publish the same email on our blog on Monday
>    (in 3 days).
>    3. Sign Open Letter: NO.
> Thank you for chiming in on this important topic.
> Following is a summary of what I've heard (including private emails) and
> proposals for each decision.
> *# 1. Community Communication*
> I heard only support for our internal email to CHAOSS members with the
> following edit suggestions:
> * Sean: Add statement about RMS. Suggestion was revoked to stay positive
> and not give RMS more attention.
> * Kate: Use "free and open source" instead of "open source" -- The email
> contains neither, that was in Sean's proposal.
> * Don: Spell out DEI -- The email doesn't contain DEI, that was only in
> our comments.
> ===> No changes made to the email draft.
> *[x] Proposal:** YES*, send email. Following a lazy consensus approach,
> I'll wait another day before sending the email to the CHAOSS community
> mailing list. This will have given everyone 3 days to object and improve
> the proposal.
> *# 2. Public Statement*
> I heard mixed opinions about this but no strong support. The email to our
> members seems to do justice to the situation.
> *[x] Proposal:** YES, but* we publish the same email also on our CHAOSS
> blog to give it a bit more visibility long-term compared to the mailing
> list archive only. Following a lazy consensus approach, I'll wait until
> Monday before publishing the blog post, giving everyone another 3 days to
> object to and improve this proposal.
> *# 3. Sign Open Letter*
> I heard very little on this topic because most discussion was about the
> email to the community.
> *[x] Proposal: **NO*. No lazy consensus needed since this is inaction. We
> can change our mind any time.
> Best,
> Georg
> On Wed, 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)
> --
> Georg Link, PhD
> (he/him)
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