[aur-general] [tu-bylaws] [PATCH] Clarify the process for Special Removal of an inactive TU

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Thu Jan 18 23:18:11 UTC 2018

Not everything that is available only to an aurweb account of the
Trusted User type, qualifies as a TU "privilege"

Signed-off-by: Eli Schwartz <eschwartz at archlinux.org>

Handy link to context and surrounding discussion:


The current wording of the bylaws indicates that there are two ways for
a TU to qualify for special removal due to inactivity:

1) Do not participate in voting, thereby potentially blockading a quorum.

2) Do not participate in general TU'ish activities like maintaining
   [community], administrating the AUR and the packagers and users therein,
   being representative of TUs in general on this mailing list by being
   awesome and stuff, i.e. posting (hopefully useful information that helps
   AUR users), and... um... voting?

Point #2 calls out "performed any action that required TU privileges on
the AUR", but does the tu voting interface on aurweb count as that or
not? Moreover, do we *want* it to count? It seems to be somewhat
defeating the purpose of the process, i.e. as long as a TU doesn't
actually block quorum during a vote, they can remain while not actually
performing any of the inherent functions of a TU.

Now, I would argue that under a common sense interpretation the original
intent of the bylaws was almost certainly that voting does not count as
a "TU privilege", since a TU is someone who has the "privilege" to
administrate AUR packages and users in order to keep good order, and
select good packages to upload to [community]. 

But bylaws exist in order to prevent people from having different
interpretations of common sense. So this should be clarified no matter

 tu-bylaws.txt | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tu-bylaws.txt b/tu-bylaws.txt
index c7a376e..27e4804 100644
--- a/tu-bylaws.txt
+++ b/tu-bylaws.txt
@@ -142,7 +142,9 @@ A TU who has not done ANY of the following for a period of at least 2 months:
 1. added, removed or updated a package in +[community]+ or the AUR
-2. performed any action that required TU privileges on the AUR
+2. performed any action that required TU privileges on the AUR, for example
+resolving package requests, modifying user accounts, or force pushing to a
+package base, but NOT including participation in a voting period
 3. posted a message to https://mailman.archlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/aur-general[aur-general]

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