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From Alex Harui <>
Subject Re: Apache project bylaws
Date Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:57:20 GMT
Reviving this thread.  I've invited others to join in as well.

As a reminder, the proposed changes are here:

And my goal is not just to fix up the voting doc, but to try to define a
default set of bylaws so projects don't have to, or have less to decide.


On 10/4/13 11:25 AM, "Doug Cutting" <> wrote:

>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)
>> else have their votes considered of an indicative or advisory nature
>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
My thinking here is that the definition of "active" includes other
activities besides just applying changes to code so that even low-activity
projects must have folks who count as active because they've at least
filed board reports.

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