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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: Process question on release votes
Date Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:09:16 GMT
On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM, John D. Ament <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> While not specifically incubator related, was wondering if someone at
> the incubator may provide me some insight.
> Right now, release votes cannot be veto'd.  This seems like an
> oversight IMHO.  If a release candidate is visibly wrong (e.g. bad
> licenses, or something else), surely the release candidate can be
> veto'd no?

This is correct - release votes are not veto-able.
In my opinion if you have a PMC whose members choose to ignore an
obviously problematic release, especially from a licensing standpoint,
then you have much bigger problems with the project. In my experience
two factors come into play:
1. The release manager, even with a vote that technically passes, will
not proceed with a vote where there are obvious major problems,
especially from a legal perspective. They cancel the vote on their own
accord. No one wants a majorly flawed release shipping.
2. Other PMC members heap on -1 votes if it remains open for any
length of time, effectively causing the vote to fail to pass.

If you can't get agreement on the obviously wrong candidate, perhaps
it's not as obvious why its wrong.


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