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[Savannah-hackers-public] Quote from Savannah regarding GNU Ethical Repo

From: Andrew Ferguson
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Quote from Savannah regarding GNU Ethical Repository Criteria for Announcement
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:30:07 +0100
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As you may be aware, over the past few months a team of volunteers at the Free Software Foundation have been working on the GNU Ethical Repository Criteria. This is a criteria that rates code hosting repositories such as Savannah on their commitment to the right of their users, in areas such as free software, accessibility, and privacy.

Although the criteria itself was released in 2015, at that time no repositories were graded, as work was still being finalised on the content of the criteria itself.

More recently, several of the more popular code hosting repository services - including Savannah - have been evaluated according to the criteria. This evaluation is to be published soon, and upon publication an announcement will be released by the FSF providing information about the released evaluation.

There has been ongoing discussion regarding the content of the announcement on the GNU repo-criteria-discuss mailing list and one recent suggestion was that a quote from repositories that had passed the criteria (such as Savannah) would be a good possible inclusion.

I know that you'll be very busy working on and updating Savannah, but if one of the Savannah maintainers had the time I would really appreciate a few short answers to the questions below, in a format that would be suitable for quoting for the announcement.


Why is it important that Savannah passes the ethical repository criteria?

What advice would you give to other code hosting repositories that have not passed the criteria and / or do not view it as something important?

Why are the issues raised in the criteria important and / or relevant today for users of code repository services?

Any other comments you have about Savannah and the ethical repository criteria?

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