Welcome to Fedora 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 hesitate to ask for help. Ask for a mentor if you think that would help you.

General expectations

Be brave. You are on the Fedora 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. DEI, FESCo, and Mindshare Committee representatives), you are expected to speak on behalf of the group you represent. Let the rest of the Fedora Council know when you need help. Share what is going well. Communicate Fedora Council goings-on back to the group you represent.

Take action. The Fedora Council is an active leadership body, which means Fedora 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!


When you were elected or appointed to the Fedora Council, the Fedora Operations Architect (or someone else) opened an issue in our 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 is something Fedora Council-related that you do not have access to, open an issue or ask in the #council:fedoraproject.org Matrix room.


We have asynchronous conversations in the #council tag on Fedora Discussion. This is a public forum, so we expect—and welcome—input from community members who are not on Fedora Council. On the rare occasions when we need to discuss confidential matters, we have a private mailing list.

For synchronous communication, we use the #council channel on chat.fedoraproject.org (bridged to the #fedora-council IRC channel on Libera.Chat).


The Fedora 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 does not work for you, please propose a new time or ask for a poll.

Once a month, we hold video meetings. These are an opportunity to let the community showcase their work and ask the Fedora Council and broader community for help. Video meetings are open to the community at large.

From time to time, the Fedora Council holds face-to-face meetings. These are private and in-person when possible. Attendance at these meetings is strongly encouraged. The Fedora Council will pay travel expenses when necessary.


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 Ticket Queue docs.