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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Committer Voting and Vetos
Date Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:46:56 GMT
On Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Noah Slater <> wrote:

> Specifically, we (CouchDB) see voting as the failure mode of a
> discussion (a useful one non-the-less), or as a last-step requirement
> to officiate a particular set of project-level decisions (that are
> fully enumerated in the bylaws).

I very much agree with this sentiment, as does the Apache Subversion
project. In the project's 14 year history, we have held (maybe) about FOUR
actual votes. EVER. And I'm talking both technical and community-issue
votes. I'm really kind of guessing here. I can recall only two, but there
must have been a few others. If a community cannot reach consensus, and
needs a vote instead, then something is wrong (IMO).

To the concrete question, the Subversion project never calls a strict
[VOTE] for new committers or PMC members. We discuss first, and that sets
the direction. People throw out +1 messages, but that is "sure, make it so"
rather than a true vote. Whenever somebody says "wait a minute", then we
do. We don't have formal rules around this stuff, since a general goal of
consensus is so ingrained into the community.


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