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Subject svn commit: r790945 - /websites/staging/community/trunk/content/committers/consensusBuilding.html
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:45:43 GMT
Author: buildbot
Date: Tue Jun 14 20:45:43 2011
New Revision: 790945

Staging update by buildbot


Added: websites/staging/community/trunk/content/committers/consensusBuilding.html
--- websites/staging/community/trunk/content/committers/consensusBuilding.html (added)
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+        <TITLE>Apache Community Development - </TITLE>
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+    <body onload="init()">
+      <div class="container">
+      <HR class="space col">
+      <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>
+             </DIV>
+          </DIV>
+      </DIV>
+      <HR/>
+        <TABLE border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%">
+            <TR class="topBar">
+                <td align="left" valign="middle" class="topBarDiv" nowrap="true" width="100%">
+                    &nbsp;<a href="/">Home</a>&nbsp;&raquo&nbsp;<a
href="/committers">Committers</a>&nbsp;&raquo&nbsp;<a href="/committers/consensusBuilding.html">ConsensusBuilding.html</a>
+                </td>
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+                    <A href="">Apache Community Development</A>
| <A href="">Mailling List</A>
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+                  <DIV id="PageContent">        
+                     <DIV class="pagecontent">
+                         <DIV class="wiki-content">
+                          <p>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.</p>
+<p>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.</p>
+<h2 id="expressing_support_or_otherwise">Expressing support (or otherwise)</h2>
+<p>The notation used is "+1", "-1" and "0". It's also common to see "+0" and "-0".</p>
+<p>So, what do these notations mean?</p>
+<li>+1 means "I agree with this and will help make it happen"</li>
+<li>+0 means "I agree with this but probably won't make it happen, so my 
+opinion is not that important"</li>
+<li>-0 means "I don't agree with this, but I'm offering no alternative so 
+my opinion is not that important"</li>
+<li>-1 means "I don't agree and I am offering an alternative that I am able 
+to help implement"</li>
+<p>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".</p>
+<p>The important thing is that this is not an exact science. It's just a shorthand

+way of communicating strength of feeling.</p>
+<h2 id="consensus_building_is_not_voting">Consensus Building is Not Voting</h2>
+<p>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.</p>
+<p>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.</p>
+<p>Once there is a clear consensus members of the community can proceed with 
+the work under the <a href="/rave/docs/governance/lazyConsensus.html">lazy consensus</a>
+                         </DIV>
+                     </DIV>
+                  </DIV>
+                </td>
+            </TR>
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