I’m calling for support to start banning anonymous emails (like the ones posted by “Dicky Moe” in the last couple of years). I have two good reasons for this:
- The majority of gripes are obviously local/regional in nature-- thus irrelevant for the majority of people in mailing lists. The personal attacks are also not productive. And they are becoming quite boring and repetitive.
- In the previous emails, it’s not creating any meaningful action, primarily because there are not clear actionable steps, not to mention evidence. Saying this certain person is not good based on the complainer’s perception is clearly one way to make sure no action is going to happen.
I’m not saying those complaints do not have any basis, but subjecting the rest of the community to tirades and anonymous rants is just irresponsible and a gut-punch to what Mozilla community participation is all about.
I suggest having some sort of community space where people can just post their anonymous rants (of course privacy should be considered). That way, people who want to read them should be able to read them.