We’ve had multiple fake accounts attempting to derail discussion around the council election, and posting abusive and threatening messages at moderators and nominees. We welcome good-faith discussions from the whole Python community, but fake accounts and abuse are unacceptable. Ideally we would have an established set of moderation guidelines and CoC committee to handle this, but that can’t happen until after the new steering council is seated. Therefore, as a temporary measure, we are imposing the following rules:
- Good faith discussions about nominees and the composition of the steering council are fine, and encouraged.
- Good faith discussions about the appropriate moderation policy for this forum are fine, but only if posted in the “Discourse Feedback” category, and only from established community members, or from users who demonstrate previous experience/expertise with community moderation.
- Previous sock puppet posts, and the resulting discussion, have been moved into a hidden topic visible only to Python core team members.
- Any new bad faith attempts to derail discussions will be deleted and the poster’s account will be suspended.
- Any new complaints about moderation that are posted outside of “Discourse Feedback”, or by new accounts we don’t recognize, will be deleted and the poster’s account will be suspended.
- New accounts will require manual approval for their first few posts.
We’ll use our best judgement to apply these rules, but accept that we may make mistakes, and that this is the price for keeping this forum on-topic and abuse-free. We’ll take context into account – for example, established community members will get more benefit-of-the-doubt than brand-new accounts hiding behind Tor. We may update these rules as things develop.
Once we’re past this immediate situation and the new council is elected, we’ll ask them to consider better long-term solutions here.
Thanks to everyone for your understanding and help as we work through this.