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From Dima Spivak <dimaspi...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Add CoC guideline about private emails
Date Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:01:29 GMT
+1. It's always a good idea to codify community best practices, whether
technical or social.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Misty Stanley-Jones <misty@imisty.com> wrote:

> There are a few people who routinely email me privately about non-personal
> matters where I'm not the only one with the answer. In many cases I reply,
> adding dev@ to the CC, and I've also asked the people to use the mailing
> lists instead of emailing me privately, but the message has obviously not
> gotten through. I'm not just being fussy and I know I'm not the only one.
> Taking it off-list has consequences:
> - information is siloed / single points of failure
> - if I'm on vacation or otherwise not immediately available, you're
> blocked from getting the thing done
> - others lose out on the chance to contribute to the community
> - decisions made via private email actually violate our community
> standards, except in some very specific instances such as software security
> bugs
> - it's annoying and exclusionary
> - it can be intimidating
> - it can lead to inadvertently or unintentionally taking credit for
> someone else's work
> I'd like to propose that we add something to the code of conduct to
> discourage using private email threads in the hbase community except for
> social or personal conversations. Thoughts?


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