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Re: A GNU “social contract†?

From: Carlos O'Donell
Subject: Re: A GNU “social contract†?
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:08:37 -0400

On Sun, Oct 27, 2019 at 6:19 PM Ludovic Courtès <> wrote:
> Hi Alfred,
> (Alfred M. Szmidt) skribis:
> > What GNU maintainers agree to is very small, it is only to follow the
> > policies that we have.  They don't need to go beyond that, which is
> > what "uphold" would imply.
> Exactly, that’s the change we’re proposing: members of the project
> (maintainers and contributors alike who want to formalize their
> affiliation with the project) would “sign” the social contract, meaning
> that they commit to upholding the values defined therein.
> As you note, this would be “stronger” than the current situation where
> maintainers are not expected do be willing to defend the project’s
> values.

I also think that stronger commitment from maintainers would actually
engage them more in the project.


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