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mod team resignation #671

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@BurntSushi BurntSushi commented Nov 22, 2021

The entire moderation team resigns, effective immediately. This resignation is
done in protest of the Core Team placing themselves unaccountable to anyone but
themselves.

As a result of such structural unaccountability, we have been unable to enforce
the Rust Code of Conduct to the standards the community expects of us and
to the standards we hold ourselves to. To leave under these circumstances
deeply pains us, and we apologize to all of those that we have let down. In
recognition that we are out of options from the perspective of Rust Governance,
we feel as though we have no course remaining to us but to step down and make
this statement.

In so doing, we would offer a few suggestions to the community writ large:

  • We suggest that Rust Team Members come to a consensus on a process for
    oversight over the Core Team. Currently, they are answerable only to
    themselves, which is a property unique to them in contrast to all other Rust
    teams.
  • In the interest of not perpetuating unaccountability, we recommend that the
    replacement for the Mod Team be made by Rust Team Members not on the Core Team.
  • We suggest that the future Mod Team, with advice from Rust Team Members,
    proactively decide how best to handle and discover unhealthy conflict among
    Rust Team Members. We suggest that the Mod Team work with the Foundation in
    obtaining resources for professional mediation.
  • Additionally, while not related to this issue, based on our experience in
    moderation over the years, we suggest that the future Mod Team take special
    care to keep the team of a healthy size and diversity, to the extent possible.
    It is a thankless task, and we did not do our best to recruit new members.

In this message, we have avoided airing specific grievances beyond
unaccountability. We've chosen to maintain discretion and confidentiality. We
recommend that the broader Rust community and the future Mod Team exercise
extreme skepticism of any statements by the Core Team (or members thereof)
claiming to illuminate the situation.

We are open to being contacted by Rust Team Members for advice or
clarification.

Sincerely,
The Rust Moderation Team (Andre, Andrew and Matthieu)

EDIT (2021/12/08): We retract the "be skeptical of Core" portion of our
statement, and apologize for the grief it has caused to the individual members
of Core. It was poor judgment on our part.

The entire moderation team resigns, effective immediately. This resignation is
done in protest of the Core Team placing themselves unaccountable to anyone but
themselves.

As a result of such structural unaccountability, we have been unable to enforce
the Rust Code of Conduct to the standards the community expects of us and
to the standards we hold ourselves to. To leave under these circumstances
deeply pains us, and we apologize to all of those that we have let down. In
recognition that we are out of options from the perspective of Rust Governance,
we feel as though we have no course remaining to us but to step down and make
this statement.

In so doing, we would offer a few suggestions to the community writ large:

* We suggest that Rust Team Members come to a consensus on a process for
oversight over the Core Team. Currently, they are answerable only to
themselves, which is a property unique to them in contrast to all other Rust
teams.
* In the interest of not perpetuating unaccountability, we recommend that the
replacement for the Mod Team be made by Rust Team Members not on the Core Team.
* We suggest that the future Mod Team, with advice from Rust Team Members,
proactively decide how best to handle and discover unhealthy conflict among
Rust Team Members. We suggest that the Mod Team work with the Foundation in
obtaining resources for professional mediation.
* Additionally, while not related to this issue, based on our experience in
moderation over the years, we suggest that the future Mod Team take special
care to keep the team of a healthy size and diversity, to the extent possible.
It is a thankless task, and we did not do our best to recruit new members.

In this message, we have avoided airing specific grievances beyond
unaccountability. We've chosen to maintain discretion and confidentiality. We
recommend that the broader Rust community and the future Mod Team exercise
extreme skepticism of any statements by the Core Team (or members thereof)
claiming to illuminate the situation.

We are open to being contacted by Rust Team Members for advice or
clarification.

Sincerely,
The Rust Moderation Team (Andre, Andrew and Matthieu)
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I confirm that I am resigning, and that I am co-signing the above PR.

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llogiq commented Nov 22, 2021

I also confirm that I am resigning and co-signing the PR.

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ghost commented Nov 22, 2021

This resignation letter looks like attack on core team not a real resignation.

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jhpratt commented Nov 22, 2021

While I believe that discussion is healthy, I suggest that this PR's discussion be locked to avoid the inevitable mudslinging and low-quality comments.

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LGTM

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llogiq commented Nov 22, 2021

This resignation letter looks like attack on core team not a real resignation.

I can assure you the resignation is real. And we have chosen not to name names or divulge specifics that could implicate anyone. Even so, we felt that we should state our reasons for resigning to avoid people making up their own drama.

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Diggsey commented Nov 22, 2021

Could you elaborate a little one what "accountability" means to you? ie. what specific powers was the mod team missing that would have avoided this situation?

@aidanhs aidanhs merged commit 579a68d into rust-lang:master Nov 22, 2021
@rust-lang rust-lang locked as too heated and limited conversation to collaborators Nov 22, 2021
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khionu commented Nov 22, 2021

We appreciate everyone's concern, however until we can sort things, I would encourage you all to keep discussion on the Reddit thread.

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