From: Aaron Crane
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 8:57 PM
To: Perl5 Porters
Cc: Marc Lehmann ; email@example.com
> My fellow list members,
> There has been a recent spate of discussion, both here and off-list, about
> the nature and consequences of moderation. Some messages that have
> appeared on the list do not meet our standards of conduct. I am genuinely
> unhappy to report that some off-list messages have been particularly full
> of unpleasant invective, mostly directed at Sawyer.
> The moderators have discussed this situation at length, both as a group
> and with some other people. We say unanimously that we will not accept
> this. The list is meant as a tool to discuss the maintenance and
> development of the language and not a medium for doling out personal
> attacks and insults. We will not permit this to become a platform to abuse
> We are therefore making four rulings.
> 1. We hereby issue a formal warning to Scott Lanning for this message:
> Our standards of conduct are clear that responding in kind to incivility
> is not acceptable. We are pleased to see that Scott has apologised, and we
> therefore think it unlikely that this behaviour will be repeated.
> Nonetheless, we do consider it necessary to issue a formal warning about
> this message, on the grounds that moderation actions should be applied
> 2. We have noted the existence of this message from Andreas Koenig,
> forwarding a second message from Marc Lehmann:
> The wording of the forwarded message is clearly in contravention of our
> standards of conduct, and the moderators consider that the standards of
> conduct should apply to forwarded messages just as to the sender's own
> words. However, in the absence of a clear statement to that effect, we
> have decided to let this one message pass without formal warning. We will
> adjust perlpolicy.pod to be clear on this point, and we will not clarify a
> second time.
> 3. Marc Lehmann was banned from the list in June 2016. This was intended
> to be a time-limited one-month ban, but an administrative oversight meant
> that the ban has been in place since then. We apologise to Marc for our
> failure to lift the ban at the right time. The ban has now been lifted.
> 4. We will not discuss these rulings any further. We have deliberated
> extensively over these matters off-list, and we consider this to be a
> repeated reaffirmation of our unanimous decisions. Any attempts to engage
> the moderators in further discussion of these topics, whether on- or
> off-list, will therefore be treated as actions warranting moderator
> Our goal continues to be that people who work on Perl 5 should be able to
> do so in a respectful and peaceful environment, just as they would be able
> to do their job in a conventional workplace.
> In that spirit of peace and respect, we wish everybody a happy 2018 that
> brings you everything you want out of it.
> Aaron Crane
Thank you, Aaron, for your balance and sensibility.