[ First of all, my apologies for sending these with such a delay. ]
= Minutes of openSUSE Board meeting 2022-02-28 =
Present: Axel, Gerald, Gertjan, Maurizio, Neal, Syds Guests: Ariez, bittin, Doug, Emily, Sasi
== Minutes of recent meetings ==
* Syds just done * Gentle reminder to Neal
== openSUSE social media accounts (and openSUSE as a project) and events like the war in Ukraine ==
* Doug liked a couple of posts from the openSUSE Twitter account that referred to Ukrainian leaders. * Another community member approach him and asked to remain neutral. * Doug notes "there are things we as a community should stand for." * Gertjan, Syds,...: "openSUSE should be about inclusion; we do not want to exclude people." * Maurizio: "As a board we should represent everybody." * A number of board members indicate they struggle how to best handle this situation. * Sasi suggests to take a stance for both Ukrainians and Russians; it's quite important to differentiate between political identities of a country and the people living there. * Gerald references on a "A note on principles ..." mail last year which got mixed responses. * Mau is in favor of a message of solidarity * "So, shall we send a public message?" * ...long discussion... * Agreement to primarily issue a statement when events like these encrouch on our project/community. * Agreement that there's a difference between personal opinion and actions vs those of projects. * Rough consensus to not send a generic statement at this point while definitely keeping an eye on the situation.
== Online Communities ==
* How to go about groups using the openSUSE name but not following our guiding principles? * Example: In 2020 a Polish Telegram group was created ** Sasi was very excited originally. ** The groupd quickly died down due to disagreement. ** One person got banned for sexual orientation, others stigmatized. ** Just one admin. * Agreement: There should be no group under/using the openSUSE flag not complying with our guiding principles. * Challenge: Guiding Principles are not very specific ... * Gerald believes we can enforce trademarks to expell/shutdown/... groups * AI: Gerald will check with SUSE Legal * Next steps? ** Start working on a Code of Conduct with help of the community. ** We do not need to change the Guiding Principles to implement a Code of Conduct. ** But we can consider adjusting the Guiding Principles to be explicit about being open and welcoming versus discrimination. ** AI: Mau and Gertjan to have a look.