There certainly was a lot of discussion generated by Drupal.org's participation in TheDayWeFightBack. I did want to report that the campaign did a great job, generating over 180,000 emails and nearly 90,000 phone calls to the American Congress on the issue.
I really appreciated the comments and wanted to follow up on just two aspects of the discussion:
The technical implementation of the banner
The Association's messaging about the initial discussion
Because what's done is done, and because the Association would not participate in any movement like this without a discussion with the community, I want to avoid the politics here and NOT discuss whether or not Drupal.org can/should be engaged in political endeavors. I'd like to take that up elsewhere.
So let me share a little of my personal perspective, and then I would love to hear more from you so that we can do better in the next scenario where these kinds of issues get raised (which may or may not be a political action).
The Association's management of the initial discussion
When the campaign was first brought to our attention on staff, I took it to the board to learn about Drupal.org's history in political issues and get a gut check about this one. We decided to take the issue to the community for discussion. Staff agreed that the Association group was the appropriate place to post, and followed that up with posts on the DA and Drupal twitter feeds as well as the Drupal Facebook page. We encouraged staff and commenters to share on social media as well.
I heard feedback that this discussion was missed by many, and I absolutely want to make sure that when we have critical discussions, they get in front of as many people as possible. SO - where else should we cross post? What else should we be doing?
Technical implementation of the banner
One of our initial concerns, raised in the discussion thread, was that we had no idea what the banner might look like, what information it might collect, or how that information might be stored. I heard a ton of feedback about the intrusiveness of the banner and that, when coupled with the ask for information, how it seemed like the site had been hacked.
It's certainly POSSIBLE that we could have altered the code prior to launch, that just really wasn't on our radar as an option for participation. But we learned that lesson. So if you have additional feedback about what feels acceptable to you and what does not, I would love to hear it.
Thanks again for all the constructive help on these specific matters - we are really grateful that this community is so supportive and helpful.