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Subject svn commit: r1135783 - /comdev/site/trunk/content/committers/consensusBuilding.mdtext
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:45:34 GMT
Author: rgardler
Date: Tue Jun 14 20:45:34 2011
New Revision: 1135783

Initial consensus building doc

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+In some cases there is no obvious path to take, or you might be a new community, 
+or a new member of an existing community. In these cases people will often 
+need to build consensus by making proposals and eliciting responses.
+We want to avoid unnecessary discussion and the creation of significant
+amounts of unnecessary mail that everyone in the community needs to read. 
+That is not to say that we want to avoid constructive discussion. This is 
+the lifeblood of a successful project. However, many ASF projects adopt a 
+shorthand notation for showing support, or otherwise, for a proposal.
+## Expressing support (or otherwise)
+The notation used is "+1", "-1" and "0". It's also common to see "+0" and "-0".
+So, what do these notations mean?
+  - +1 means "I agree with this and will help make it happen"
+  - +0 means "I agree with this but probably won't make it happen, so my 
+opinion is not that important"
+  - -0 means "I don't agree with this, but I'm offering no alternative so 
+my opinion is not that important"
+  - -1 means "I don't agree and I am offering an alternative that I am able 
+to help implement"
+Many people will use fractions to indicate the strength of their feelings,
+ e.g. "+0.5". Some will even indicate this is a "no brainer" with something 
+like "+1000".
+The important thing is that this is not an exact science. It's just a shorthand 
+way of communicating strength of feeling.
+## Consensus Building is Not Voting
+The confusing thing about this notation is that it is the same notation
+used in a formal vote. Knowing when something is a vote and when it is a 
+preference is important. It's easy to tell though, if the subject does not have 
+"[Vote]" at the start then it's just an opinion. We try not to call votes,
+consensus building is much more inclusive.
+The reasons for this notation being common is 
+that when someone wants to summarise a discussion thread they can mentally 
+add up the strength of feeling of the community and decide if there is consensus
+or not.
+Once there is a clear consensus members of the community can proceed with 
+the work under the [lazy consensus][1] model.
+  [1]: /rave/docs/governance/lazyConsensus.html
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