Mark Wielaard <mjw(a)gnu.org> skribis:
First, on joining this mailinglist, which is public, but till now we
only have allowed GNU maintainers who endorsed the GNU Social Contract
The GNU Assembly <https://gnu.tools/>
is a group of GNU project
members who transparently and collectively produce technical and
organizational recommendations for GNU packages following the GNU
Social Contract <https://wiki.gnu.tools/gnu:social-contract>
- How do we open up the participation in the mailinglist?
Do we simply say that anybody contributing to a GNU package may join
as long as the endorse the GNU Social Contract and adheres to the
Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct? Shall we just ask that question
to whoever tries to subscribe and allow them to participate if they
- Is being part of the mailinglist the same as being a GNU Assembly
member? And if not, what is the difference? Do you get a wiki
Communication on the mailing list, wiki, and other tools hosted here are
subject to the code of conduct. Anyone who subscribes to this mailing
list agrees to follow the code of conduct.
I think any GNU contributor can subscribe to the mailing list. I would
exclude people who are not GNU contributors to ensure the list remains
In my view, being an Assembly member gives the additional possibility of
participating in decision making. That would mean having a voice in the
(presumably rare) case where consensus cannot be found and we need to
vote, and having an opinion “that counts” in other cases.
IMO Assembly members must sign the Social Contract: it’s the way we
collectively agree to basic requirements and goals.
IOW, subscribers who are not members are GNU contributors who have not
signed the Social Contract. I expect it to be a rare situation, but
allowing this permits discussion with people who have not made up their
mind or who even disagree with the direction we’re taking but are
willing to discuss constructively.