[dmarc-ietf] Decorum on the DMARC WG list and BCP 94

Seth Blank <seth@valimail.com> Thu, 07 January 2021 00:21 UTC

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Subject: [dmarc-ietf] Decorum on the DMARC WG list and BCP 94
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Working Group colleagues,

Discussion on this list is increasingly out of scope and process,
unproductive, and antagonistic. This behavior undermines the chartered work
of this group and will not be tolerated. We expect and require more civil
discourse from our participants, and remind everyone that disciplining
others is the purview of the chairs.

The current phase of work of our charter (
https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/charter-ietf-dmarc/) is to deliver a
standards track DMARC document based upon operational feedback. We are not
relitigating SPF, DKIM, DMARC, or ARC, adding new functionality, or
rehashing other IETF documents or processes.

When we kicked off DMARC bis, Alexey outlined a clear process:

Only tickets opened by the Chairs or a document editor to the list are in
scope for working group discussion. Everything else should result in the
creation of a ticket to be discussed later, or off-list discussion. The
Chairs re-affirm that all tickets will be brought to the list.

To be clear: Before you hit “send” on an email to this list, make sure it
is on topic for an open ticket and is not likely to escalate tensions.
Otherwise, delete the message or start a private conversation that is not
on the list.

>From here on out, due to the counter-productive nature of current list
discourse, off topic or antagonistic discussions will be given a single
public warning, per BCP 94 (https://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp94), which
implies that further violations will result in a 30 day suspension for the
participant. The ADs have been consulted, and everyone should consider
themselves warned.

Finally, several members of this working group seem to be very effective at
antagonizing each other. If a thread is spiralling, and a BCP 94 warning is
given and not heeded, all active participants in the thread after the
warning has been issued will be suspended, even if it’s to tell others to
respect the warning.

Now, let’s get back to our chartered work at hand and open tickets.

Seth, Tim, and Alexey, as Chairs


*Seth Blank* | VP, Standards and New Technologies
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