[db-wg] violation of DB T&C by DB-WG co-chair, is it acceptable?
Nick Hilliard nick at foobar.org
Wed Oct 18 18:11:32 CEST 2017
Bill, a single issue has been addressed in your email, relating to the RIPE NCC's actions in dealing with a violation of the RIPE DB T&Cs. The core issue of the complaint, namely the actions of one of the WG co-chairs, remains completely unaddressed. Can you kindly inform the working group whether, and if so, when the Database WG chairs intend to address this? Nick William Sylvester via db-wg wrote: > This message is to follow up on thread created recently with regard to a > reported violation of the RIPE Database Terms and Conditions. Several > members have commented publically and a few privately on this matter and > we wanted to publically addresses these concerns. The working group > chairs after consulting with the RIPE NCC and the RIPE Chair have > identified two primary issues in question; > > > > 1. A violation of the terms and conditions has been reported to the > working group, this is out of scope for the working group. Concerns > over usage in regard to the terms and conditions should be reported > to the RIPE NCC directly and not on the Database working group > mailing list. RIPE NCC has the responsibility and the resources to > handle these violations appropriately. It is our understanding that > the RIPE NCC has a process they have followed, and have done so with > the complaint registered on the working group mailing list. It is > the RIPE NCC’s responsibility to investigate and take action as > appropriate. As the working group, with this item referred to RIPE > NCC, we consider this issue handled and closed. > > > > 2. Conduct of a co-chair for a working group. This is a much more > challenging issue, should a chair be held accountable for the > actions of an employer? What are examples of unacceptable behavior > for a chair and when misconduct is suspected, what action, if any, > should be taken? Currently in the RIPE community there are no > policies for the removal of a chair. In the history of the RIPE > community a working group chair has only been removed once. Chair > selection is conducted through the processes identified by each > working group. Lacking a defined process, it seems that the chair > selection process coming up is the primary way the working group > selects or changes the working group leadership. > > > > I have always found David to be a good person who cares deeply about the > RIPE community, as a working group chair he has always handled working > group business with the highest integrity. I urge the working group to > consider mistakes we have each made as individuals, by our employers, > and in life. As working group chairs, we serve the working group for the > benefit of the RIPE community, we embrace open discussion from all > working group members, and we strive to resolve issues transparently > through community feedback and rough consensus. We continue to seek > community guidance in all aspects of managing the working group and look > forward to facilitating the database work in our working group. > > > > Thanks, > > > > William on behalf of the > > Database Working Group Chairs >
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