Steering Committee membership guidelines

This document describes the expectations and policies related to membership in the Ansible Community Steering Committee (hereinafter the Committee).

Expectations of a Steering Committee member

As a Committee member, you agree to:

  1. Abide by the Community Code of Conduct in all your interactions with the Community.

  2. Be a Community ambassador by representing its needs within the Committee and throughout the decision making process.

  3. Asynchronously participate in discussions and voting on the Community Topics.

  4. Review other proposals of importance that need the Committee’s attention and provide feedback.

  5. Act for the sake of the Community by not promoting corporate or individual agenda during the decision making process.

  6. Engage with the Community in a professional and positive manner, encourage community members to express their opinion.

Joining the Steering Committee

Eligibility

A person is eligible to become a Committee member if they have:

  1. A wide knowledge of Ansible and/or its related projects.

  2. Active contributions to Ansible and/or related projects in any form described in the Ansible Collections Contributor Guide.

  3. A consent to follow the Expectations of a Steering Committee member.

Process

The process to join the Steering Committee consists of the following steps:

  1. Any community member may nominate someone or themselves for Committee membership by contacting one of the current Committee members) or by sending an email to ansible-community@redhat.com.

  2. A Committee member who receives the nomination must inform the Committee about it by forwarding the full message.

  3. The vote is conducted by email. Nominees must receive a majority of votes from the present Committee members to be added to the Committee.

  4. Provided that the vote result is positive, it is announced in the Bullhorn newsletter and the new member is added to the Committee member list.

Leaving the Steering Committee

Steering Committee members can resign voluntarily or be removed by the rest of the Steering Committee under certain circumstances. See the details below.

Voluntarily leaving the Steering Committee

A Committee member can voluntarily leave the Committee. In this case, they notify the other members, create an issue in the Community Topics repository announcing the resignation, and after that, they are no longer considered Committee members.

Committee members who resign and later change their minds can rejoin the Committee by following the Process for joining the Steering Committee.

Involuntarily leaving the Steering Committee

A Committee member will be removed from the Committee if they:

  1. Do not participate in asynchronous discussions and voting on the Community Topics for more than 3 months in a row.

  2. Participate unreasonably irregularly (for example, once a month for several months). Unreasonably is defined by other Committee members considering circumstances in each particular case.

  3. Violate the Community Code of Conduct.

Absence or irregular participation in discussing topics and votes

In case of absence or irregular participation, the involuntarily removal process consists of the following steps:

  1. Another Committee member (hereinafter the initiator) contacts the person by email asking if they are still interested in fulfilling their Committee member’s duties.

  2. If they respond that they are not interested, the initiator asks the person to step down on their own following the Voluntarily leaving process.

  3. If there has been no response or stepping down issue created by the person within a reasonable time, the initiator notifies other Committee members about the situation.

  4. In case of agreement among the Committee about the need for removal, the initiator provides a draft of a corresponding topic’s description to the Committee by email for discussion and approval.

  • The topic’s title is Steering Committee member audit.. It must not contain the person’s name or other identifying information.

  • The description must not contain or imply any form of condemnation.

  • It must mention that the person has been inactive for an unknown reason for the last N months and that, in accordance with the Steering Committee policies, their place should be freed for another person who can continue their great job.

  • The description must mention person’s achievements and thanks for their time and effort they spent serving for the Community, Committee, and the Project, and a hope that one day they will come back.

  1. The initiator creates the topic in the Community Topics repository containing the description and the title from the draft.

  2. The Committee members vote on the topic.

Ansible Community Code of Conduct violations

In case of the Ansible Community Code of Conduct violations, the process is the same as above except steps 1-2. Instead:

  1. The initiator reports the case to the Committee by email.

  2. The Committee discusses the case internally, evaluates its severity, and possible solutions.

  3. If the Committee concludes that the violation is not severe, it develops a proposal to the person on how the situation can be corrected and further interactions with the Community improved.

  4. A Committee representative reaches out to the person with the proposal.

  5. The removal process starts if:

  • The Committee decided that the severity of the violation excludes the possibility of further membership.

  • The person does not respond to the proposal.

  • The person explicitly rejects the proposal.

In the case of starting the removal process, the topic’s description in the reason’s part changes correspondingly.

Chairperson

The chairperson election will happen once a year around the time of Ansible Fest. If the current chairperson has to step down early, the election happens immediately.

The process of the election consists of the following steps:

  1. Members interested in being the chairperson will inform a person responsible for arranging the election about that.

  2. Conduct anonymous voting somewhere.

  3. Internally and publicly announce the elected candidate.

The chairperson has the following powers unlike regular members:

  • The chairperson’s vote breaks ties to resolve deadlocks when equal numbers of steering committee members vote for and against a community topic.