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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: Evolution instead of a revolution (Was: Time to vote the chair?)
Date Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:28:54 GMT
On 2/3/2012 9:01 PM, Franklin, Matthew B. wrote:
> Personally, I feel that walking in the door as a full PMC with authority
> could be just as problematic in the long run as not granting it once the
> community has demonstrated viability.

I think that everyone here agrees.  These would not be 'full PMC's... the
ASF has a general 'set your own policies, hands off until it's broke' policy
towards projects.

Nobody is suggesting that an incoming 'project under incubation' would be
free of such rules, policies or oversight.  Where usual TLP's are free to
set the most flexible policies that suit their participants, any project
under incubation has a more stringent set of ComDev defined 'best practices'
that they must and will follow.  If as a full TLP they decide a tweak here
or there help their community, it's up to the board to permit that.  And
generally, the board is flexibly permissive.

But with one Champion not of the project itself, but of the ASF, and several
additional mentors/overseers/ombudsmen, no incubating effort is going to
enjoy the free reign that TLP's have.  If only all projects had that sort
of supervision, the foundation would be quite secure in knowing that all
projects are running as non-factional, non-partisan and non-commercial
efforts to create software for the public good.

Good concerns to raise, but i think they are unfounded in light of the
current proposal[s].


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