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From Karl Fogel <kfo...@newton.ch.collab.net>
Subject Re: APR "charter" (was: El-Kabong -- HTML Parser)
Date Tue, 27 Aug 2002 20:05:12 GMT
If there is disagreement among developers about what the APR
project(s) should do, then it has to be worked out like any other
disagreement.  But using the charter as a *justification* for one's
position about APR's scope is circular, or at least semi-circular :-).

It's only appropriate to treat charters as restrictive when resources
are finite.  For example, non-profit organizations have to respect
their charters in a specific legal way, because people who donated
money might be upset to see it used for something other than what they
donated it for.

But APR is a different kind of situation.  Everyone who has put time
into APR has reaped the results of their work already -- all those
past revisions, releases, and branches are available to anyone who now
wants to steer the project (or a copy of the project) according to
their own vision.  Likewise, no one can claim to have lost anything if
a majority of developers choose to develop *this* copy of APR along
lines unforseen a year ago.

Thus, Ryan, I don't see any justification for viewing the charter as
anything but a description, perhaps now out-of-date, of what APR
intends to be.  We must decide *today* where APR is going, based on
our experiences so far, and where there is disagreement, it has to be
resolved through discussion, as with any other disagreement.  Invoking
the charter as an authority is simply missing the point.

-Karl

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