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Welcome to Council
Welcome to the Fedora Council! You have just joined (or perhaps you are thinking about joining) and now you want to learn your way around. If you have any questions, don't hestitate to ask for help. Ask for a mentor if you think that would help you.
General expectations
*Be brave.*
You are on the Council because you represent the Fedora community.
We expect you to share your ideas and opinions.
If you are the representative of another group
(i.e. Diversity & Inclusion, FESCo, and Mindshare Committee representatives),
you are expected to speak on behalf of the group you represent.
Let the rest of the Council know when you need help.
Share what's going well.
Communicate Council goings on back to the group you represent.
*Take action.*
The Council is an active leadership body,
which means Council members should feel empowered to _do_ things,
not just _discuss_ things.
You don't need to wait to be assigned a task.
If there's something that needs to be done,
feel free to do it!
*Ask for help.*
Every member of the Fedora Council was new at some point.
Don't feel bad if you need to ask for help or if something is unclear.
Think of it as finding a bug in the documentation!
Access
When you were elected or appointed to the Fedora Council, the FPgM (or someone else) opened an issue in our https://pagure.io/Fedora-Council/tickets/issues[ticket tracker]. This provides a checklist for all of the places you need to be granted access. Don't worry! There's not much you need to do there. If there's something Council-related that you don't have access to, open an issue or ask in xref:_#chat[chat].
Communication
We have asynchronous conversations in the https://discussion.fedoraproject.org/c/project/council-discuss/60[Council Discussions topic] on Discussion. This is a public forum, so we expect—and welcome—input from community members who are not on Council. On the rare occasions when we need to discuss confidential matters, we have a private mailing list.
For synchronous communication, we use the https://matrix.to/#/#council:fedoraproject.org[*#council*] channel on chat.fedoraproject.org (briged to the *#fedora-council* IRC channel on https://libera.chat/[Libera.Chat]).
Meetings
The Council holds bi-weekly business meetings. These are an opportunity to check on the progress of tasks and have conversations about open issues. Attendance is not mandatory, but we encourage you to attend and participate as often as you can. Business meetings are open to the community at large. If the meeting time doesn't work for you, please propose a new time or ask for a poll.
Once a month, we hold https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Council/Video_Meetings[video meetings]. These are an opportunity to let the community showcase their work and ask the Council and broader community for help. Video meetings are open to the community at large.
From time to time, the Council holds face-to-face meetings. These are private and in-person when possible. Attendance at these meetings is strongly encouraged. The Council will pay travel expenses when necessary.
Tickets
*Expectation:*
Tickets are for discussing and voting on a specific proposal.
If you have an idea that needs broader discussion or brainstorming,
start a thread on Discussion.
Procedures for labels, priorities, and voting on tickets are in the xref:tickets.adoc[Ticket Queue docs].