Community Ombudsperson—What Are Your Thoughts?

Categories: Community, Association Created by Thomas Löffler
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Just before the Developer Days 2019, a small group was formed to look into setting up a formal body to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the community—so-called ombudspersons. Now, we’re asking for your input.

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The group was put together by the TYPO3 Association Board and consists of these four people:

  • Petra Hasenau (board member)
  • Oliver Klee (community member)
  • Mathias Bolt Lesniak (board member)
  • Thomas Löffler (community member)

We have spent the last year researching other communities. How do they deal with conflicts, harassment, and issues relating to inclusion, equality, and diversity in their communities? How do they enforce their codes of conduct, and what do their reporting and escalation processes look like?

There are many answers to these questions, and we will write more about that later on. First, we would like to hear your thoughts. The ombudsperson would be there for you, so we’re asking you the question: Should we have an ombudsperson, and—if yes—what would you expect from the role?

You can read more about what an ombudsperson is on Wikipedia. Then …

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Thank you.

Additional contributors for this article
  • Proofreader : Felicity Brand
  • Reviewer : Petra Hasenau
  • Reviewer : Oliver Klee
  • Reviewer : Mathias Bolt Lesniak