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Gentoo attempts to deal with developer conflicts

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Earlier this month, Slashdot posted a piece asking whether the Gentoo project is in "crisis." The project has responded to the issues discussed in the posting, in part, by adopting a Code of Conduct (CoC), with "proctors" who will address breaches of the CoC. So far, that move seems of limited worth.

The CoC codifies "unacceptable behavior," including flaming, trolling, being judgmental, or "constantly purveying misinformation." The proctors can decide whether disciplinary action is called for, with punitive measures ranging from warnings to revocation of a person's developer privileges.

If the idea is to stem the tide of "retiring" developers, it's not working yet. After the vote to adopt the CoC on March 15, Gentoo developer Alexandre Buisse turned in his resignation, saying that the adoption of the Code of Conduct by the Gentoo Council was "stupidly fast" and that he's tired of "endless fights" over "who gets a tiny bit more" power over parts of the project.

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