Add a Samba Code of Conduct?

Richard Sharpe realrichardsharpe at
Mon Dec 1 08:55:57 MST 2014

On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 7:37 AM, José A. Rivera <jarrpa at> wrote:
> IMO, this would facilitate the entry of new contributors who want to be more
> involved with us. They would get an idea of who we are and how we operate as
> a community, as well as an idea of what we hold as community values. It's a
> very nebulous/soft benefit, but I think it's something worth the effort.

How so, Jose? In what way is the Samba team not welcoming of people
who have the skill and tenacity to contribute in meaningful ways?

You were not a member of the team when Jelmer came on board but I
would consider him a shining example of the way the team works. In
addition, our recent new member, Garming is another example.

I do not think that taking what amounts to a "feelgood" action is
going to help us in any way.

> +1
> --Jose
> On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Richard Sharpe <realrichardsharpe at>
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM, Kai Blin <kai at> wrote:
>> > Hi folks,
>> >
>> > during this year's Google Summer of Code Unconference, I spent some time
>> > chatting to people about building and sustaining healthy communities.
>> > While
>> > I think the Team is a pretty healthy community, and most of the time our
>> > samba@ and samba-technical@ lists are very reasonable as well, the
>> > discussions at the GSoC meeting have convinced me of the power of having
>> > an
>> > explicit code of conduct available in any case. In the very least, it
>> > explicitly states the implicit gut feeling we've been using to handle
>> > discussions and conflict so far. Further positive effects could be that
>> > people realize that we care about conduct enough to write down rules,
>> > causing them to think more about their personal conduct.
>> >
>> > I would propose using something simple and straightforward. The Debian
>> > code
>> > of conduct [1] seems like a good one to steal^Wbase our own on.
>> >
>> > It should live in a prominent place on our website, so we can easily
>> > point
>> > people to it who for whatever reason don't abide to it.
>> So, Kai, what is this code of conduct going to do for us?
>> Is it going to improve the quality of the code that members of the team
>> produce?
>> Is it going to bring in more team members? If so, how exactly do you
>> see that working?
>> Or, is it simply going to be used to shame people who some
>> non-Samba-team member isn't happy with or for some non-team activity
>> that some person is not happy with.
>> I guess my view is that we seem to be getting along fine as things are
>> and more processes is not necessarily a good thing.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Richard Sharpe
>> (何以解憂?唯有杜康。--曹操)

Richard Sharpe

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