[CBT] Culture Group Proposal

Leo McArdle leo at mozilla.org.uk
Thu Jun 20 17:18:28 PDT 2013

I absolutely love this idea, and see such a group as essential for an 
ever-expanding and rapidly growing Mozilla.

I wonder why there hasn't been much of a response to it on this list, 
though. Is it because people think it's a good idea, but can't think of 
anything more to add to the conversation than just that, so don't write 
a reply because "I agree" is seen as rather a lame response, and a 
number of them could be considered spammy? Or, is it that people 
generally think this is a bad idea (though, if it were thought to be 
that, surely there would be replies saying so)?

I'm sure it's the former but, and so it would be nice to see what 
support exists for such a group. Hundreds of emails replying saying +1 
would probably, yes, be quite spammy, so should we add some sort of 
"backers" section to the etherpad?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love this idea.

~ Leo

On 5 June 2013 19:01, Majken Connor <majken at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Last fall I had an idea for a group that I think would be beneficial for
> Mozilla. Ever since then I see more examples and talk to more people that
> this group would benefit. I have been thinking for a little bit now that
> Community Builders might be the right group to take up the idea and the
> recent discussion started by Brian about packaging our best practices is a
> great fit. I think areas of the original proposal are naturally already
> being covered by the CBT. I have a few more thoughts that I haven't included
> in the proposal, but I will leave those out for now in favor of getting
> people's reactions and feedback to the original idea.
> Etherpad with my original proposal is here if you want to leave comments,
> content following: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/cultureproposal
> -Kensie
>             Culture Group Proposal
> What would be the purpose of this group?
> The culture group would continuously study and evaluate Mozilla's culture as
> a community and suggest and promote ways to preserve and improve it. The
> group would give community members a place to discuss how Mozilla is living
> up to its values, identifying ways Mozilla is successful that they'd like to
> see continue, as well as being able to address concerns and make
> suggestions.
> Why not use governance?
> For this group to thrive they should feel free to have a higher "noise"
> ratio than many working mailing lists prefer. Governance works well as a
> very low noise list where people make concrete proposals and discuss the
> organization of the Mozilla project.
> What projects would fit under the culture group?
> The conductors group is a great example of a Mozilla project designed to
> support the culture of the community. So are the community guidelines
> Mitchell et al have been working on. New contributor orientation also fits.
> The group could identify and support ways for teams to better include and
> recognize their volunteers, suggest best practices for communication
> channels, and other actions that could help Mozilla be as open and inclusive
> as possible.
> Who would be in the group?
> As it would not be a formal team with specific authority, everyone should be
> welcome into the group, however there should be identified leaders. For the
> group to thrive contributors working on the identified projects would be key
> and are good candidates for leadership. Ideally all Mozilla teams have
> representation in the group.
> What resources would the group need?
> I believe a mailing list would be enough to start, the group could then
> identify what other resources would be beneficial.
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