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From Doug Cutting <>
Subject Re: Apache project bylaws
Date Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:25:13 GMT
On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM, Alex Harui <> wrote:
> Who is permitted to vote is, to some extent, a community-specific thing.
> However, the basic rule is that only PMC members have binding votes, and
> all others are either discouraged from voting (to keep the noise down) or
> else have their votes considered of an indicative or advisory nature only.

I'd suggest dropping the bit about 'discouraged from voting' and
replace 'advisory only' with simply 'advisory'.  A non-PMC vote may be
taken quite seriously or it might not be.  The only points you need to
make here is that non-PMC votes are not binding but are generally

> Unless otherwise specified by a project's bylaws, only [active
> members)(glossary.html#ActiveMembers) who have been active in the last 6
> months may cast binding votes.  A different definition of active member
> may also be set in a project's bylaws.

I think that policy is less universal and I'd suggest not implying it
was a default rule for all projects without bylaws.  Some projects
have periods of low activity and I'd expect votes of PMC members to
still be considered valid even if they've not contributed for six
months.  For example, we want a low-activity project to be able to
apply a few patches and make a release even if fewer than three PMC
members were active in applying those patches over the last six


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