Sunday, April 5, 2020

Re: giving people credit for their work

On 05/04/2020 13:09, Ankur Sinha wrote:
> Daniel,
> On Sun, Apr 05, 2020 12:44:19 +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>> I'd like to understand how Fedora feels about giving people credit for
>> their work.
>> Is it about doing the bare minimum, checking that copyright statements
>> list all authors in the code, for example?
>> Or is it universal, for all aspects of the community, mentoring, etc?
> I am not too clear about what you are asking. We thank our colleagues in
> multiple ways:
> - we tell them how grateful we are,
> - we have badges that cover almost all aspects of the community:
> - we have cookie karma:
> - we publish various posts like this:
> - happiness packets:
> There's a lot more. Because we default to open, contributions cannot be
> covered up or misappropriated. One only has to look at the fedmsg
> notifications to see who is doing what. This includes any contributions,
> in any form.

Thanks for these comments.

> I've snipped out the rest of your e-mail intentionally. I did not find
> it relevant to the subject and initial questions you asked.

I felt that the ongoing discussions about Planet Fedora have really
missed the root cause. Some messages only focus on a single blog post
and don't appear to recognize those blogs were a response to a pattern
of threats and shamings that have been going on for many years.

These problems contaminate the whole community at large: for example,
some people have simply written to me saying they won't contribute to
any free/open source software. They don't take sides: they simply quit.
They don't distinguish between the different organizations. So Fedora
suffers if some other organization with a very public profile is shaming


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