The subteams RFC leaves quite a few questions unanswered. Notably, it’s not clear about who’s responsible for selecting subteam members. This raises a handful of questions which are blocking a current github issue:
- Is “we know how to contact you” a prerequisite for participating on a subteam?
- If someone cannot be contacted or is no longer active in the community, what’s the process for replacing them on the subteam? (do they get replaced? removed? left indefinitely? marked as absent, but left on the teams page?)
- Who’s in charge of deciding subteam memberships? What’s the best way to contact them? (equivalently, whose approval is requried to make a change to subteam rosters?)
- Are the answers to the above documented anywhere already?
I’m asking this pile of questions now because they’re relevant to this issue, which looked minor at first but actually turns out to be the tip of a policy iceberg…
I personally find it difficult to imagine someone contributing usefully to a subteam without the rest of the subteam having any way to contact them. However, that’s the state that Jakub’s github account deletion has put him into, and he’ll stay that way until either we find out how to contact him or replace him on the team.
Can we update/improve the subteam RFC so it’s clearer about what to do in this situation? If so, what should the policies be?
If Internals is the wrong place to ask policy questions like this, please let me know where I should take them instead.