[aur-general] EQ And Community Kindness

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Fri Jan 17 05:02:45 UTC 2020

On 1/15/20 5:35 PM, Eli Schwartz wrote:
> On 1/15/20 4:17 PM, michael Bostwick via aur-general wrote:
>> Hi,
>>     This is my first time writing the mailing list, to be honest I would
>> have preferred anther way of bringing this up, but *I didn't see an easy
>> way to bring my concern to someone who's empowered to fix this strong
>> comment or make it better.* I was looking into a package to solve a complex
>> programming task when I encountered a rather jarring pinned comment . (
>> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/libc%2B%2B/#pinned-678768 )
> [...]
>> I really hope no one was banned by the writer of this comment, and I really
>> hope as trusted users in the future you guys would *be a little more kind*
>> to members of the aur community.  Many linux users may be familiar with
>> Linus Torvalds writings on his mistakes with EQ, I hope no one in aur has
>> to experience that.
>> For those trusted AUR members that have been kind I say *thank you for your
>> hard work*, and for those that mean well but are harsh please keep in mind
>> when you see a package the first thing you see in the pinned comment (and
>> alot of context that is missed), and that speaks loudly to your impressions
>> of aur.
> While there were indeed some good reasons to potentially ban certain
> participants on that AUR package, it seems like maybe there's some
> confusion here about who it was meant for.
> I'd consider it reasonable to clarify it by e.g. adding a preamble:
> "Hey people, sorry for the interruption if you're just an average AUR
> user doing their thing. But if you're one of the handful of people
> causing an utter ruckus here recently, I'm afraid we'll need to have a
> PSA. The rest of you can return to your regularly scheduled usage of the
> AUR."
> The original comment was somewhat context-sensitive with regard to the
> actual content it addressed, which was indeed atrocious and deserved to
> be described as atrocious.

FWIW: I've updated that comment for clarity and tweaked wording, which I
hope now makes it a lot clearer what it is a response to (I ended up
making a couple more change than I had initially). Feedback is welcome.

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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