Hello everyone,

with regards to the current mailing list (ML) split discussion, and one 
specific message deep down there by mgorny asked for someone providing 
moderator rules, I would like to propose the following ruleset for gentoo-dev 

Right now the situation escalated in a way that forces to actually do 
something and I hope we can recreate an atmosphere where technical 
improvements can happen.

I suggest using a very specific ruleset to give a proper guide to future
moderators and users of the ML in addition to our *existing* Code of 

As my personal experience showed me it might be good to add a good alternative
to every expelled bad one, so I added them.

As this is a RFC I’d welcome any discussion about that document.


1. Idea and topic of the mailing list
The gentoo-dev mailing follows the main idea of discussing topics that are
part of the development of Gentoo itself. This limits to technical aspects
like eclass improvements, or GLEP development.

Off topic discussions or general user support are not part of this mailing
list and should be held on other, appropriate lists.

2. People or groups allowed to write to gentoo-dev ML
Everybody who has the intention to contribute to the discussions according
to the mailing list’s topic has the right to do that after a subscription.

This explicitly excludes off topic discussions, flaming, trolling and verbal
attacks against other people or groups (which are defined under point 5).

On gentoo-dev it also excludes bug reports or support questions. Bug reports
can be filed in the bug tracker, support related questions can be asked on 
other mailing lists, in IRC channels or in the Gentoo related forums.

3. Moderation
The moderation team has to consist of at least two developers. The moderators
have to do join the moderation team voluntarily.

Moderators are held to warn authors on the list if they ignore the rules of
this list and ban them for a limited time if they repeat the behaviour that
led to warnings in the first place.

4. Procedure of banning and ban times
As banning is a severe interaction it has to be strictly regulated.
When moderators perceive someone ignoring the rules, they have to go
through the following steps:

a) Warn the respective person once pointing out the exact rule
   that was violated.

If the violation continues, moderators have to
b) ban the user for 24h noting this in a direct response the violation.
   That way the violation, ban time and reason are documented.

Every third 24h ban results into
c) a 7 day ban with the same regularities as a 24 hour ban.

d) Every ban has to be notified to ComRel (com...@gentoo.org).

5. Reasons for warnings and bans
The rationale for the whole moderation is to keep the list productive. To
achieve this, some specific actions have to be sanctioned:
a) trolling, i.e. provocation of aggressive reactions
b) attacks, e.g. insulting people or groups
        (which does not include proper articulated disagreement)
c) spamming, i.e. flooding discussions with lots of messages in a row
d) constant postings off topic, i.e. disrupting discussions with unrelated 
        (constant means more than two times in a row)

6. Preservation of transparency & discussions
Maybe the most important aspect for moderation is transparency. To achieve it
the ban is
a) strictly regulated with regards to possible reasons
b) strictly timed,
c) logged via the mailing list archives.

If a warned or banned person thinks the action taken wasn’t correct, this 
might addressed with the moderator in a private discussion first. If there is 
conclusion found, the discussion should take place with ComRel as a mediation 

[1] https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Project:Council/Code_of_conduct

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