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Subject svn commit: r790944 - /websites/staging/community/trunk/content/committers/lazyConsensus.html
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:44:51 GMT
Author: buildbot
Date: Tue Jun 14 20:44:51 2011
New Revision: 790944

Staging update by buildbot


Added: websites/staging/community/trunk/content/committers/lazyConsensus.html
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+        <TITLE>Apache Community Development - Lazy Consensus</TITLE>
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+    <body onload="init()">
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+      <DIV class="block">
+        <DIV class="column span-24">
+            <DIV id="header">
+                <h1>The Apache Software Foundation<BR />
+                <SPAN class="alt"><small>Meritocracy in Action.</small></SPAN></h1>
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+                    &nbsp;<a href="/">Home</a>&nbsp;&raquo&nbsp;<a
href="/committers">Committers</a>&nbsp;&raquo&nbsp;<a href="/committers/lazyConsensus.html">Lazy
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+                  <DIV id="PageContent">        
+                     <DIV class="pagecontent">
+                         <DIV class="wiki-content">
+                          <p>The concept of "Lazy Consensus" is very important in our
project. Lazy
+Consensus means that when you are convinced that you know what the community
+would like to see happen you can simply assume that you already have consensus
+and get on with the work. You don't have to insist people discuss and/or
+approve your plan, and you certainly don't need to call a vote to get approval.
+You just assume you have the communities support unless someone says otherwise.</p>
+<p>We have a time machine (Subversion), this means that as long as you commit 
+(or submit patches) early and often the community has plenty of opportunity 
+to indicate disapproval. If you believe the community will support your action
+you can operate on lazy consensus as long as you are prepared to roll back 
+any work should a valid objection is raised.</p>
+<h2 id="avoiding_unnecessary_discussion">Avoiding Unnecessary Discussion</h2>
+<p>The key thing about lazy consensus is that it's easier for people to agree,
+by doing nothing, than it is to object, which requires an
+alternative to be proposed. This has two effects, firstly people are less 
+likely to object for the sake of it and secondly it cuts down on the amount 
+of unnecessary mail traffic and discussion.</p>
+<p>Lazy consensus means we can avoid waiting for a community based decision 
+before proceeding. However, it does require everyone who cares for the health
+of the project to watch what is happening, as it is happening. Objecting too 
+far down the road will cause upset, but objecting (or asking for clarification 
+of intent) early is likely to be greeted with relief that someone is watching
+and cares.</p>
+<h2 id="stating_lazy_consensus">Stating Lazy Consensus</h2>
+<p>Sometimes a member of the community will believe a specific action is the correct

+one for the community but are not sure enough to proceed with the work under the 
+lazy consensus model. In these circumstances they can state Lazy Consensus is in 
+<p>What this means is that they make a proposal and state that they will start 
+implementing it in 72 hours unless someone objects. 72 hours is chosen because
+it accounts for different timezones and non-apache commitments.</p>
+<p>In this approach the original proposal is not insisting that there is a discussion
+around their proposal, nor are they requesting that the community explicitly 
+supports their actions. However, this differs from assuming lazy consensus 
+since it allows space and time to <a href="/rave/docs/governance/consensusBuilding.html">express
support or objections</a> and corrections to 
+the proposal before work begins. </p>
+<h2 id="silence_is_consent">Silence is consent</h2>
+<p>People may choose to indicate their support for the actions taken with a +1 
+mail - quick and easy to read and reassuring for the implementer. However, 
+remember, in a lazy consensus world silence is the equivalent to support. This
+can take some time to get used to.</p>
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