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From Tim Williams <>
Subject Re: principles of Apache communities
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:22:28 GMT
On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM, David Crossley <> wrote:
> Joe Schaefer wrote:
>> Here are some of the things that guide me in my decision-
>> making about governance and Apache communities.  Please
>> feel to add you own thoughts on the subject!
>> 1) Fairness and Equitable Treatment- that it is wrong to apply
>> different standards to different people based solely on their
>> (external) accrued status.
>> 2) Tolerance- that we respect the diversity of opinion without
>> the need for tit-for-tat arguments about who is "right".
>> 3) Fun- that the nature of participation here is personally
>> satisfying and not onerous.
>> 4) Consistency- that we don't apply different standards to
>> different people based on whatever hot topic is currently being
>> debated.
>> 5) Competence- that we entrust people who are most familiar with
>> the work being performed to exercise their oversight and judgement
>> about the codebase.
>> 6) Empowerment- that people who show sustained levels of competence
>> and oversight capabilities are rewarded with higher levels of
>> organizational responsibility.
>> [more later]
> Good stuff.
> For ages i have wanted to add a page somewhere that explains
> very clearly "principles and constraints" for the ASF.
> Alas little time and none now.

It's funny you use 'constraints', I did a little thought experiment[1]
with an analogy comparing system constraints->system properties to
organizational constraints->desired properties a while back.  As I
mentioned there, I'm sure the analogy breaks down somewhere but it'd
sure be nice to have some framework to agree on our desired
organizational/cultural properties, then reason about what real
constraints are in place and how/why they evoke those desired
properties.  I forget what motivated me then, I think it was a round
of debate over some phantom constraints/rules/policy.


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