During the last week, I witnessed a number of interactions which became heated, and at least one of which derailed. As an outsider to those discussions, it seemed that the problems were caused by misunderstandings and misinterpretation of things that had been written. It seemed like feelings have been hurt.
I think it would be great if the Haskell Foundation could offer help in resolving these conflicts. Even disagreement between people who are acting in good faith can become heated and damaging. The Guidelines for Respectful Communication help, but are not enough. In the interest of preventing long-running feuds within the community, I’d like to request the instantiation of a group of mediators who’d be willing to conciliate. If both parties agree, of course.
The Foundation is bringing many people together who went separate ways before. Conflict seems unavoidable. I believe that it would be best if we planned for this, and allowed it to happen, but in a way that protects and supports those involved.
What would be required to make this happen?