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From Jochen Wiedmann <>
Subject Re: [OT] How to prevent abusing Apache priviliges
Date Mon, 18 Oct 2004 09:58:10 GMT
Robin Antony wrote:

> I have been following this thread with quite some interest. IMO there 
> should be a set of rules to let the novice commiters know when a ASF 
> veteran who is guiding the team is really crossing the line. There 
> should be a do and don't about what ASF members are supossed to do and 
> not supossed to do. What are the interest they should be protecting. 
> When does it become against the policies of ASF. In most cases people do 
> it due to ignorance or just a mistake on their part. But if they did 
> know the basic values and ideal that they have to protect then the 
> chances of making these mistakes become less probable. What do u guys 
> think?

IMO, you are arguing for guidelines, what *the novice committer* should 
do. Indeed, these guidelines can be justified with the interests of the 
ASF, to which the mentor possibly refers. The main difference is, that 
these guidelines can be very well based on actual problems that have 
arised in the past.

OTOH, if the mentor requests more than such guidelines, the novice is of 
course free to ask "Why?". And if the answer isn't satisfying, for 
whatever reason, then the problem can very well be delegated to 
general@incubator or pmc@incubator, both of which are the dedicated 



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