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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: What is a healthy community? WAS: log4net 1.2.9 beta release
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 17:47:08 GMT

Ceki Gülcü wrote:
> This may sound contrary democracy  (rule of the people by the people.)

Apache is not a democracy.  It is a meritocracy, which has aspects
which are similar but is not identical.

> However, one core  component of democracy is the  separation of powers
> and independence between the 3 branches of government.

If you are referring to the U.S. model, that isn't a democracy either.
It's a republic.  Again, there are similar aspects but they are quite

> What is  a community product? If  a community product is  defined as a
> product produced by the collaboration of multiple committers, then you
> are right. However,  if a community product is  defined as the product
> developed  by *one*  or  more developers  with  *input* from  multiple
> constituents,  be  they  simple  users  asking  for  help,  developers
> submitting  patches or  making suggestions,  then a  project  with one
> committer can produce a community product.

The former is the Apache definition.  The latter is not.

> Can you give examples of group dynamics kicking in within a group of 3
> but not in a group of 2? The difference is not so obvious to me.

What is the point of this discussion?  Are you challenging the way
Apache handles decision making?  If so, why?  Because you suspect it
may be flawed?  Because others' interpretations are standing in the
way of something happening?  Some other reason?
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