Brothers in Arms

Posted by Bjoern Michaelsen on 19 January 2013

Brothers in Arms

But it's written in the starlight And every line on your palm We're fools to make war On our brothers in arms

-- Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms

As the LibreOffice project grows, the distance between teams and subprojects also grows. This makes it increasingly important to keep our efforts united and not tolerate behaviour that makes members feel attacked, even if the originators believe they are simply being direct or mischievous. We're a diverse, multi-cultural and multi-lingual community, and it's easy to unintentionally offend through choices of expression that differ from what's anticipated.

We're a single community, and creating the concept of others – and the  promotion of a “them vs. us” mentality — in our team is dangerous and will hurt us in the long run. Some basic guidelines to this regard are set out in the statutes of the Document Foundation. If something more explicit is needed the Ubuntu code of conduct gives a good overview of what to take care of in the project.

Unfortunately, there recently have been repeated incidents on bugzilla which violate this principle. Joel has thus been given permissions to suspend users on bugzilla temporarily if it proves necessary. We hope that friendly corrections to tone and messaging, then warnings and finally the threat of such suspension will be enough, and there will be no need for action to be taken.

Originally published on 2013-01-19 16:02:10 on wordpress.