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From "Ross Gardler (MS OPEN TECH)" <>
Subject RE: What is "The Apache Way"?
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:55:23 GMT
Years ago I started creating a "signpost" site over on which was
intended provide a simplified gateway to our copious documents that describe the Apache Way
in all its glory. Since then a few people have contributed to it. Our goal is to keep it simple,
leave the details elsewhere but have the headlines on that site. We've been mostly successful
in this. Unfortunately it is probably one of our best kept secrets.

On this site you will find things like:
this document starts with "While not all aspects of the Apache Way are practiced the same
way by all projects at the ASF, there are a number of rules and policies that Apache projects
are required to follow – things like complying with PMC release voting, legal policy, brand
policy, using mailing lists, etc., which are documented in various places." (note the second
sentence has 5 links, the rest of the document has some explanatory text and copious links).

•Open Innovation in The Apache Software Foundation
•Writing and Distributing Software "The Apache Way"
•The Apache Software Foundation: No Jerks Allowed!
•Putting It Together
•An Overview of The Apache Software Foundation
•Community Development at the ASF
•The Apache Way and
•Communities and Collaboration
•Open Source Collaboration Tools are good for you
•Life in Open Source Communities
•Open Source enables Open Innovation
•About: Apache - The Foundation, The Way, The Projects
•Managing Community Open Source Brands

There is *loads* of stuff over there.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Harui [] 
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: What is "The Apache Way"?

On 1/8/15, 10:49 AM, "Ross Gardler (MS OPEN TECH)"
<> wrote:

>top down rules you describe below - as you seem to be implying that 
>should not exist in the Apache Way apart from a few immutable areas and 
>I agree.

But what are the few immutable areas?  Why isn’t there a link to a page that lists them
instead of whole presentations to try to watch?  I assume you don’t just mean “only source
in official release”, “-1 vetoes a commit”, “3 +1 binding votes on releases”.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Benson Margulies []
>Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:25 AM
>Subject: Re: What is "The Apache Way"?
>>I'm reasonably sure that what he's looking for is not a rule book of 
>>how to run a consensus community

IMO, Apache Flex spent a great deal of energy trying to reach consensus because we were told
that “voting is a sign of failure”.  Only recently did we find out (by having a former
mentor return to help out) that consensus might only mean “general consensus” and not
“consensus approval”
as defined in the Apache Glossary.  Some communities are blessed with people who get along
well, but sometimes you can’t get everyone to agree and then you do have to know when it
is time to vote and move on or not.
Marvin may not need a rule book (or guide book) on consensus communities, but Flex sure could
have used one.


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