I ask every new Mozilla person to follow planet Mozilla. It’s the only easiest way to keep an eye on what is going on in Mozilla. Because it is the single most useful source of mozilla news, it irritates me to no end to see funny pictures of cats mixed in with useful posts at a 9:1 ratio. It’s like the funny pictures, personal agenda people are taking the rest of us hostage. I understand that the official planet policy encourages personal noise, but policies can evolve.
There are multiple proposals on how to fix this situation. IMHO the most correct one is to have planet refocus on relevant content and add noise.mozilla.org for everything else. People who like noise can subscribe to that. Polite people with personal blogs already syndicate moz-tech-only parts of the blogs to planet, others have personal blogs. Arguments on marriage, definition of hate speech, far leftyness, funny cats, other memes really drain the will to live when I want to get work done.
I do think we could use a better code of conduct for people deeply involved in the community. Open source is a bit too good with letting assholes get away with being assholes.