XSF Discussion - 2021-03-25


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  30. arc Ralphm are you going to send an email to the board list?
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  189. ralphm Again?
  190. jonas’ moparisthebest, what did you dooooooooooo
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  192. ralphm That RFC on TLS 1.0/1.1 depreciation weirdly references 3920 and not 6120. I guess I need to put in an erratum.
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  195. jonas’ 21:10:12 flow> L29Ah, right, but it's not rocket science i'd say :) it is not... it is SOCKET SCIENCE!!
  196. jonas’ (also, good morning, have some coffee everyone)
  197. ralphm Ooooh
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  199. ralphm FWIW, I recently had to debug TCP keepalives in combination with unexpectedly dropped connections (not XMPP), and it is weird and hard.
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  202. Kev Well, at least jonas’ has ensured today isn’t a total loss.
  203. ralphm For sure
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  214. Zash Did someone say coffee?
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  225. Kev Covfefe
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  238. edhelas https://nlnet.nl/project/Movim-OMEMO/
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  240. edhelas :)
  241. edhelas i'll do some official communications soon™
  242. Neustradamus About RFCs, some people think that it is not needed to list all linked RFCs, only one... I have done several remarks about current I-Ds.
  243. Neustradamus Sam ^
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  249. Daniel edhelas: congrats. Pretty cool that we now have at least 5 projects supported by nlnet/ngi.zero
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  260. emus edhelas: N e w s l e t t e r 😀
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  262. dwd It'd be good to do some Twitter [etc] announcements here, too.
  263. emus Daniel: yeah I thought so too
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  291. eric edhelas: Which OMEMO version do you aim for? Older one for compat or like Kaidan the latest version?
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  300. edhelas eric the old one yes :)
  301. edhelas i'm starting with the basics
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  410. arc Who do we have for the board meeting?
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  412. MattJ o/
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  414. arc Two of us!
  415. Zash That's quorum?
  416. arc Is it 50% or 51%?
  417. arc I mean I'm sure we're going to get a third person. At least Ralph. Though I would really hope we get everyone today since we have not had a meeting in a month
  418. ralphm bangs gavel
  419. ralphm 0. Welcome + Agenda
  420. ralphm Hi!
  421. ralphm Who do we have and do you have any agenda items?
  422. arc o/
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  424. ralphm MattJ should be around still. dwd?
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  428. MattJ I'm here, and I have an agenda item... muc.xmpp.org moderation stuff
  429. ralphm noted
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  432. ralphm Ok, it seems no dwd today.
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  434. ralphm 1. Minute taker
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  437. ralphm I think MattJ is up
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  440. MattJ ok
  441. ralphm 2. muc.xmpp.org moderation
  442. ralphm Take it away
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  444. MattJ Ok, the background is that operators@muc.xmpp.org, the venue we provide and promote as a place for XMPP service operators to gather and communicate, has become something of a centre point for a section of the broader XMPP community
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  446. MattJ By broader I mean, beyond people typically involved in standards development within the XSF
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  448. ralphm nods
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  450. MattJ It's well over 100 occupants these days, and a recent event/drama involving a few individuals blew up into a moderation nightmare
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  454. MattJ Currently it's just you and me as owners there (probably because we're admins of the MUC service), and I don't really have time to dedicate to properly keeping the channel civil when things like that occur (which as the community continues to grow, probably will increase in frequency)
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  456. MattJ I got criticised by both sides of the fall-out for the moderation actions I did take (banning a few people, and revoking voice for non-members for a period of time)
  457. MattJ What's missing:
  458. MattJ 1) More admins to help out
  459. MattJ 2) Clear guidelines as to what is and isn't accepted behaviour
  460. dwd Hiya, sorry I'm late.
  461. ralphm Well,
  462. MattJ I have at least one person who is willing to volunteer as a moderator, but only if we have (2) in place
  463. ralphm (hi dwd)
  464. Kev You’re referring essentially to a CoC aren’t you?
  465. MattJ Kev, you said it, not me... :)
  466. dwd I think setting up AUPs for xmpp.org is sensible.
  467. MattJ In this particular instance, I specifically want to solve the operators@ issue, because that's been the biggest difficulty recently
  468. Sam From the peanut gallery: I am also willing to help moderate (but only if we actually write a CoC or similar regulations that I can follow. I am also willing to help write those. I suspect others would be willing to volunteer for both as well.)
  469. ralphm First off: the operators@xmpp.org mailinglist and operators@muc.xmpp.org are hosted by us as a gift to the community. With MattJ as ED, you can basically moderate how you see fit.
  470. MattJ But I don't know how much sense it makes to have guidelines for one channel but not for others on muc.xmpp.org
  471. arc I agree
  472. Kev About >< this much sense, I think.
  473. Sam sense: 1px;
  474. MattJ Which then follows to the question of whether we want guidelines for all XSF discussion venues in general, because we notably have none right now
  475. Kev (although the guidelines could potentially be different for XSF vs non-XSF rooms I guess)
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  478. ralphm I'd summarize guidelines as: a) Be civil, b) stay on topic, particularly when asked.
  479. arc We still have the code of conduct, don't we? It was seem fairly straightforward to use that for everything in person and online
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  481. ralphm I don't recall the XSF ever drafting or accepting an explicit CoC.
  482. Kev Nor me.
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  484. MattJ I'm not aware of any CoC, if there is such a thing then the whole issue is hopefully solved
  485. arc Ugh. Well let's switch the topic to that then because we really do need one
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  487. Sam Might I recommend starting from: https://www.contributor-covenant.org/
  488. MattJ Yeah, that pretty much is the topic I think
  489. arc We just had a big discussion about that on FOSS foundations. StPeter I think was involved in that discussion
  490. arc 2020-2021 has been the time for all the foundations to get a coc worked out
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  494. MattJ My main problem is that I'm uneasy with the drama that has followed CoC adoption at many of the other FOSS orgs
  495. Kev I don’t think that’s unreasonable. Equally though, without a CoC (and enforcement), you’re open to all sorts of other drama.
  496. arc Recently?
  497. MattJ I'm not saying that's a reason not to have a CoC, but (at least from my perspective, which may well not be universal), we've not had problems in the community that a CoC would be needed to address
  498. ralphm I am not sure how to coherently put this in a few sentences, but let me try this. I admire the concept of CoCs in general, but I've seen the downsides of them in practice, too. Particularly the enforcement part. Either it is not (consistently) done, or the people doing it find it draining and don't want to do it (anymore). I think that was also partially what the FOSS Foundations thread was about.
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  500. ralphm And what MattJ said
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  502. Kev MattJ: That’s fair. I don’t think we’re immune so much as lucky, though.
  503. MattJ And yes, the issue of enforcement is very much tangled up in this - it's very well to say something, but handling actual violations correctly is extremely hard
  504. MattJ Kev, I agree
  505. Kev If we had a CoC, we would have to enforce it. If we enforce it it will be very expensive (in effort/attention) if it’s ever needed.
  506. MattJ (but operators@ recently crossed the line, I think the luck ends here)
  507. Kev And given that it would presumably cover some moderate traffic MUCs...
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  509. Kev I’m intruiged by the operators@ stuff now, but I guess that’s a story for another time.
  510. Kev I’m intriged by the operators@ stuff now, but I guess that’s a story for another time.
  511. Kev I’m intrigued by the operators@ stuff now, but I guess that’s a story for another time.
  512. ralphm I haven't followed the operators@ issue, and cannot comment on how that crossed a line and whether drastic measures are required as a result, though.
  513. dwd As I say, I think bringing in a written policy of some form would be sensible. A CoC is clearly part of that. I will commit to writing more in detail on the board@ list this week.
  514. MattJ As far as I'm concerned that issue is dealt with, but I don't want it to happen again
  515. ralphm dwd: thanks
  516. MattJ Thanks dwd
  517. MattJ The document Sam linked seems pretty decent
  518. jonas’ as someone who was somewhat caught up in the turmoil in operators@: yes, some rules for that MUC are definitely a good idea.
  519. ralphm MattJ in the mean time, I'm happy for you to appoint deputies as moderators. But note that my happiness is not a requirement, you have executive power on this.
  520. jonas’ as someone who was somewhat caught in the turmoil in operators@: yes, some rules for that MUC are definitely a good idea.
  521. MattJ Sure. But so far all volunteers want some rules/guidelines in place before helping out
  522. MattJ Which is understandable
  523. ralphm Can we start with the very short ones I listed above?
  524. dwd I am willing to actively work on the rules, guidelines, policies, and so on.
  525. Sam If you need help before then, I suppose I'd be willing as long as I knew we were moving towards having a CoC. I am also willing to actively work on them too.
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  529. arc I have always said that the best coat of conduct are about the playfield and not the fence. Instead of focusing on behavior we don't want to see, it should focus on the behavior that we want to exemplify
  530. ralphm arc: right, that's why I tried to phrase my very short two guidelines accordingly.
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  532. ralphm (As an example, I had to look for it for a bit, I came across this: https://jan-krueger.net/mincoc/)
  533. arc No that's really not good. Way to subjective. Some of the worst CoC are like "Be Excellent To Each Other"
  534. Zash I'm a fan of the code of "what would MattJ say", it's worked very well in the Prosody channel. :)
  535. MattJ So it looks like we're in agreement about an organization-wide document, and dwd has offered to write some initial stuff up on-list
  536. arc As an organization made almost entirely of white men, the CoC really needs to set up a foundation for expanding that. Including addressing behavior that we are otherwise blind to.
  537. ralphm arc: I understand that point, but I've also witnessed a lot of drama over explicit CoCs like the PSF's in 2019.
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  539. moparisthebest ugh wild assumptions, or I missed the "race and gender" column when filling out my XSF application
  540. arc Yeah I was a back-end contributor on that and most of the people who were creating drama were the people the code of conduct were created to address
  541. arc Moparisbest I said most.
  542. Sam I have data about this somewhere if I can dig it up, as far as participating members go that's not an assumption.
  543. moparisthebest I don't even know how you could possibly know "most"
  544. Sam It was 95.something% of active members, IIRC
  545. MattJ I've no idea how or why you have such data...
  546. Sam (based on self identification, I can't remember the sample size compared to the entire XSF)
  547. moparisthebest https://wiki.xmpp.org/web/index.php?search=race&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go https://wiki.xmpp.org/web/index.php?search=gender&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go only some "race conditions" stuff
  548. Sam I tried to do a survey a few years ago that I thought would be helpful in understanding the state of the XSF. I wanted to keep doing it every year, but the results weren't very useful the first year because of the lack of diversity. I should have kept doing it so that I could track if that changed
  549. moparisthebest let's not make up problems where they don't exist
  550. Daniel Not to derail this discussion but I would really like to see a more diverse group of people. But I'm not sure if employing a CoC will do a lot to help in this regard
  551. ralphm I think a lot of good points were raised here, and I think it is good for the discussion to continue. For this board meeting, though, I suggest we let dwd indeed start drafting, and end the meeting in light of time.
  552. Daniel It obviously won't hurt either
  553. MattJ As far as I'm concerned the CoC and diversity (or lack thereof) are two different issues
  554. moparisthebest ^
  555. arc I would say it absolutely would help, as someone who mentored a female who did join the XSF and did not renew, and found that the organization was rather off-putting.
  556. moparisthebest in that case I find the XSF's blatant anti-GPL stance very offputting, I want an entire chapter in the CoC dedicated to being inclusive to GPL advocates
  557. moparisthebest or... you know, just make it about behavior alone and not
  558. Sam They're not the same issue, but there is some overlap. A visible CoC that's enforced can make some people feel comfortable applying when they otherwise wouldn't, or deter the people who would harras them from applying. Both are at least somewhat beneficial.
  559. dwd moparisthebest, What anti-GPL stance?
  560. MattJ Seconded ralphm's motion to end the meeting :)
  561. arc Third
  562. MattJ I have a headache and need to move on with my evening
  563. ralphm 3. Date of Next +1 W 4. Close Thanks all! /me bangs gavel
  564. arc I am sitting in a parking lot in my car waiting to pick up a prescription 😂
  565. MattJ Thanks ralphm, I'll aim to get minutes out tomorrow
  566. dwd I am rebooting random databases while trying to fix software.
  567. ralphm Please continue discussing, of course.
  568. Sam dwd: if you need help on any of this, feel free to ping me. I am happy to just be a researcher, to help draft, to help come up with a policy for enforcement, etc. whatever you need.
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  570. dwd Sam, I'll certainly ask your advice.
  571. moparisthebest to be clear I was being sarcastic to make a point, I don't want a section in the CoC about GPL any more than "we promise to be extra nice to X people"
  572. arc moparisthebest: I have found that to be true as well, and I am also very much pro AGPL myself. But thats not really what a code of conduct is for.
  573. arc Ah ok.
  574. Sam I am no expert, this isn't something I've been directly involved in at other organizations, but I do have hands and an internet connection and can make a few spare cycles :)
  575. moparisthebest right, I don't know why the CoC needs to group people at all
  576. Daniel AGPL? That's the worst GPL
  577. Sam Not sure if sarcastic ⤴️, but I agree
  578. arc Exactly. And I am perfectly fine with you sharing your opinion on that. But it also don't feel all that comfortable sharing personal details here either, including my preferred pronouns
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  580. arc And we know that there are female members who use male names and don't feel comfortable with their gender being known
  581. moparisthebest see I think the AGPL is the only license worth using period, I'm feeling very outnumbered and unwelcomed (last part again is sarcasm, I don't feel unwelcome :P)
  582. Sam Right; jokes aside, the difference is that GPL users aren't a historically marginalized group that are frequently targeted because of something that's a part of their identity.
  583. Sam Using the GPL is a choice that anyone may or may not make.
  584. arc I know for a fact that we have one transgender member who has been very clear that they don't want this known.
  585. arc +1 Sam
  586. dwd arc, FWIW, I assume people's preferred pronouns are "they/them" until I'm corrected. It solves a lot of embarrassment.
  587. arc That's good because those are my preferred pronouns 😅
  588. moparisthebest I prefer to address people by whatever they chose by pressing "tab" :)
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  590. arc And of course we have not even breached the topic of race
  591. arc I'm not saying that the community is toxic by any stretch, or that CoC is 100% vital, or any of that. In fact I mis-remembered that I worked on the CoC a few years ago. It must have been a different organization
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  593. arc But as much as forming a CoC can create drama, it can also invite broader, more diverse participation. There has been a ton of drama in many large FOSS organizations but each of them that went through this came out more diverse and more inclusive
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  595. Sam Entirely anecdotal, but at the like 2 places I've been where creating a CoC caused drama, the people getting all mad about a CoC were the same people that had previously been moderated and used the excuse "But it's not written down anywhere, how am I supposed to know that what I did was against the rules?". I try to assume good faith most of the time, but I have a hard time with at least those examples.
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  597. Kev Sam: I’m not going to disagree with that, but I think it’s also worth not discounting that there may be drama because of such a thing, and that it might be draining for those involved.
  598. Sam Oh yes, absolutely. There was still drama, never-the-less.
  599. Kev I don’t think we have many active members within the XSF itself who are likely to cause large amounts of drama over this, but a) I could be wrong and b) I wouldn’t like to swear it’d be 0.
  600. Kev (I’m assuming that disagreement != drama. I have no doubt whatever’s proposed will see lots of Discussion :) )
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  606. arc I think it's less about problems, than lack of participation. When a lot of new people get involved with an organization, and they go through the phase of figuring out what the group is all about, they are also evaluating whether it's a group they want to be part of
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  608. arc My student didn't have anyone say or do anything to her. It was more about what they didn't say or do. Which goes back to what I was saying about a good code of conduct should be about what we want to see, not rules for what's not allowed
  609. Zash The September phase, yes.
  610. Kev September phase?
  611. Daniel I believe part of the problem is that we don't know who we are
  612. arc She also found it incredibly difficult to get involved with Prosody. I don't think anyone ever followed up with her, even though she came in with a lot of energy and excitement.
  613. Kev I am Kev, the Dragonborn.
  614. Daniel and what we do and stand for
  615. Zash From the chaos phase at the start of school years. Especially https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September
  616. Daniel (not we as individuals obviously but we as an organization)
  617. Kev I do as little as possible, and I stand for less firm people on the bus.
  618. Kev I don’t actually disagree, despite the flippancy.
  619. Daniel and if we say "we" are we talking about the community or of the organization
  620. Kev Zash: Ah.
  621. moparisthebest I think we stand for something to do with xmpp standards ?
  622. moparisthebest it's either that or bike shed construction for sure
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  630. arc I have the paint samples ready whenever you want to look over the options
  631. Zash Let's build a snowman^W bike shed!
  632. emus I haven't been part of the situation. May someone shortly recap what happened?
  633. Zash 🎵️ we can paint it $color let's build a bikeshed 🎶️
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  636. moparisthebest tl;dr someone found a MUC they didn't like on a popular server, came to operators to demand it be banned, popular-server-operator didn't want to ban it, accusations of various political affiliations flew, along with threats to blacklist S2S with certain servers, and file legal actions all around and at search.jabber.network
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  639. L29Ah lol
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  644. Zash If the pandemic ever ends, building an actual bike shed does seem like an interesting team-building exercise.
  645. MattJ arc, sorry to hear that they had difficulty with contributing to Prosody. I can confidently say this is not due to anyone's race, gender or identity... and is not an issue that a CoC would solve. More that we are an open-source project with just a couple of volunteer devs and basically no resources for community management and outreach.
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  648. L29Ah i identify myself as community mismanager
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  659. arc MattJ: it was one of my students in one of her first attempts to contribute to FOSS. I don't know exactly what she did or tried, but she felt ignored.
  660. arc This is feedback not a complaint. The same has been said about me and the projects I manage in the past
  661. MattJ We struggle to keep on top of incoming feature requests and patches, it's a known issue and we're always trying to improve
  662. arc The same could be said for all of us, absolutely
  663. Zash While also trying to not get burnt out
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  665. MattJ But we have high priority issues that need attention in what time we do have, and it's hard to strike a balance
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  667. Zash But it could just as well have been poor timeing, since both MattJ and I live in euro-time. It does happen that people show up in the middle of the night and ask about things, and nobody is awake to answer.
  668. Zash But it could just as well have been poor timing, since both MattJ and I live in euro-time. It does happen that people show up in the middle of the night and ask about things, and nobody is awake to answer.
  669. Zash PSA: Gonna roll out that new OpenSSL, there may be a short service disruption.
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  671. arc I think she's trying to reach out through GitHub or something
  672. arc She was. This is many years ago while she was a freshman in college
  673. Zash Github...
  674. MattJ We're not even on Github)
  675. MattJ Well, we are, but 99% of the project isn't
  676. Zash I feared this was going to be one of those "why aren't you on github yet"
  677. MattJ There is however a clone of our repo on Github made by someone that is always having PRs filed against it
  678. arc I am also not generally a GitHub user for exactly that reason
  679. arc I do not allow forks on GitHub for any of my projects unless they are explicitly renamed to avoid confusion. Every few months I have to search for any confusingly named forks to check for that
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  682. Zash Is that a thing you can do?
  683. Zash I thought forks and pull requests were the only things that couldn't be disabled
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  687. MattJ Presumably with the co-operation of the owner
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  705. emus moparisthebest: thanks for tldr
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  710. arc Of course you can, it's called trademark enforcement.
  711. arc In fact if you want to hold on to your trademark you must enforce it
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  713. arc I have written GitHub several times and had personal forks of my projects renamed to indicate that they were personal forks
  714. MattJ We don't talk about trademarks
  715. Zash 🤐️
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  723. arc Well you should. Because the night missionario of having hundreds of competing xmpp servers called Prosody, some of it your forks with many of the same features, is a very real possibility if you don't
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  725. Daniel Probably a good point to check your priveleges wrt to having the financial resources to register a trademark
  726. Daniel And paying the lawyers to enforce it
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  728. moparisthebest how often does that nightmare scenario happen? I'd wager never
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  730. arc Well it's happened to me twice
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  732. arc Well I guess more than twice if you include both directions. Usually any true community forks end up pretty contentious
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