Status Update on Fedora Hall Monitors policy

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at
Thu Jul 1 19:16:33 UTC 2010

The Fedora Board has been revisiting the Hall Monitors policy, and has
drawn several conclusions:

* It is not practically possible for the Hall Monitors to quantify
non-constructiveness of a mailing list thread, and any attempt to do
so runs the risk of bias (whether perceived or actual), as well as
significantly increasing the workload of the Hall Monitors.

* The original purpose of the Hall Monitors was to address individuals
who were not being "excellent to each other" in their postings to Fedora
Project mailing lists.

* The Hall Monitor policy has been updated to remove the responsibility
for monitoring group behavior. Hall Monitors will no longer be
responsible for closing threads, only for addressing and handling issues
where individual posts in those threads are out of line with the "be
excellent to each other" motto, including, but not limited to: personal
attacks, profanity directed at people or groups, serious threats of
violence, or other things seen by the monitor as to be purposefully
disrespectful or harmful to the Fedora Community.

* The Hall Monitors are not a solution to the problem of poisonous
people, but rather, a method of addressing the symptom of the problem.
The Fedora Board feels that it is important to resolve both the problem
and the symptoms, and is open to suggestions on how to both:

- discourage/prevent poisonous behavior in the Fedora Community
- improve how we address occurrences of poisonous behavior when they
occur in the Fedora Community


Tom "spot" Callaway, on behalf of the Fedora Board

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