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From Sam Ruby <>
Subject Re: Q. Forks without concensus?; A. anytime / depends / never without agreement
Date Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:51:31 GMT
On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM, Kalle Korhonen
<> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM, Leo Simons <> wrote:
>> So the generic policy is there is no generic policy, and instead there
>> is appropriate application of judgement to specific cases.
> Generic policy doesn't mean you couldn't use judgement or make
> exceptions. In principle, if the ASF's mission is to build communities
> around source code, we should not accept forks of open source projects
> if that's not the (consensus) will of the original community.

I agree with the first statement in the above paragraph, and believe
that it potentially leads to a different conclusion than the final
sentence in that same paragraph.

We have had unfriendly forks within the ASF.  We have had instances
where the original community has disappeared later to return and
attempt to reclaim ultimate direction for a project.  We've even had
destructive forks where both the fork and the original community ended
up failing.

We can, and should, make a decision based on the specifics of the
community in question, and informed by our past experiences -- both
successes and failures.

> Kalle

- Sam Ruby

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