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The mailing list uses a Mailman feature called topics, where you can filter out emails that do not interest you. We strongly recommend to use that feature sparingly, and to select Yes to receive email without a topic, otherwise you will miss the general discussion.

The following topics are currently available:


[intro] is used for self-introductions. It allows to track who's who on the list. List members are encouraged to send an introduction message stating their interest in the project, their affiliation with a free software project, and if they have this authority, whether they agree with the GNU/consensus Manifesto and want their project to be listed on the Stakeholders page.

Project Meta Discussion

[meta] is used, mainly by the list owners, to pass information to the list regarding the functioning of the list or the project, such as this message.

You're welcome to propose new topics, using the [meta] keyword.


[protocol] is used to discuss a specific protocol, for peer-review.

Request For Comment

[RFC] is use to propose ideas for peer-review and adoption by the community.


[SH] is used to discuss prospective or existing stakeholders, that are, or may be listed on the Stakeholders page.


[wiki] is used to discuss a page or a topic on the (upcoming) wiki.