One of the things I've noticed as I've been in the webmaster's queue is that there seem to be few publicly available policies regarding the "ins and outs" of this powerful and important drupal.org designation. Some of the policies I'd like to see clarified publicly:
- How do people become webmasters? I've only located a few issues where someone requested to become a webmaster, and there appear to be 139 current site maintainers.
- Are there any objective measures in place to determine when someone should be given these special permissions?
- How many webmasters does it take to +1 a new member? How many webmasters would it take to "veto" a new member?
- What checks and balances exists, if any, to ensure that webmasters don't abuse their power?
- Are people able to file complaints about abuse of these privileges? Where? How does this work?
- Are any records of complaints kept? If so, where? Can non-webmaster community members access this info?
I definitely felt "abused" by someone with sufficient permission to do so. I was banned from d.o. during a heated debate without warning, without an issue, and without actually violating the DCoC (for example). This act was committed by one of the people involved in the debate, and I'm pretty sure that no 'official' policy supports this person's right to deny community members access to d.o. This sort of "brute force" silencing of debate shouldn't be allowed, but maybe it is and I'm not aware of it, so a posted policy would be great. Also, I believe we need a method to complain about abuse from "permissioned" users on d.o., and some way to check on past abuses by these users (in this case, I'm pretty sure there are multiple instances of this abuse of power).