This proposal aims to have a DAO vote to remove the Discord CU chat ban that was handed out to the community member known as JRB. Please note that LG indicated the proper avenue to raise this issue was via a proposal.
The reason I believe this should be put to a vote is because of the lack of due process and opaqueness surrounding the reason for this ban. In addition, JRB has proven to be a valuable member of our community through sharing of insights and information, which should also be considered. In particular:
- No warning and / or temporary ban was given prior to the permanent ban
- Lack of a clear explanation / reason for the ban
- Valuable member of our community
Let me address each of these points below:
- Prior to handing out the permanent ban, no clear warning or temporary ban was instituted by a moderator
Although the ban was not given out for a single infraction, with multiple instances of being reprimanded by moderators, there was no clear warning or temporary ban before handing out the permanent ban.
While there are clearly offences that merit a permanent ban without any prior moderator interaction (including but not limited to racist, sexual or other abuse), this does not apply here.
Hopefully someone from the LG team can provide logs to add clarity and context, and will also provide a basis for you to make your decision on.
As you will be able to see, no insults, personal attacks or otherwise derogatory comments were made at the time the ban was handed out (and from my knowledge neither was there prior to this, although I will leave any logs shared to speak for themselves).
In case LG or any of the moderators took affront to what was said, this could have been handled by giving out an official warning to attempt to stop the behaviour that they took issue with, or hand out a temporary ban while clearly stating why it was given.
- Lack of a clear reason for the ban
There was no clear breach of server rules. Rather, JRB criticized how LG / moderators handled a particular situation. Providing criticism of LG should not be a bannable offense. I hope we can all agree that discourse in our community should allow for criticism to be given and received.
Neither was an explanation provided on which grounds the ban made. A short announcement in the founder’s channel was made, but as I am not part of this, I do not know what was said. There was no explanation or discussion in #general or any of the other channels I have access to. If someone can provide context from channels where this ban was discussed, that would be very helpful.
- JRB adds value to our community as a member who shares his point of view and information
Although in some ways subjective, I would like to argue that JRB makes a positive contribution to our community. Specifically:
• Found and reported an exploit that put the treasury at risk in May, 2022. No bounty was provided and a job offer mentioned in an AMA was revoked.
• Recommendation to Aron and the LG team to start QE of UNIM, which was followed shortly after.
• Top 15 vote for the council in round 1 and nominated for season 2 shows there are many that appreciate JRB’s inputs
In addition, JRB has a knack for constructive criticism and investigation, although I’ll be the first to say not always delivered in the most friendly manner. But especially the diligence done and shared in CU, LG and the wider crypto ecosystem is something I personally have always appreciated very much. We need honest criticism to grow and create the open spirit I believe we all agree to be working towards as a – someday – DAO.
It is impossible list all conversation that have taken place up to the ban. It is not the purpose of this proposal to investigate in minute detail what has happened. This is a proposal to bring to a vote the unbanning of community member JRB.
Nonetheless, if people can add extra context that would be great, so that everyone can make a more informed decision once that vote arrives.