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From Chip Childers <chip.child...@sungard.com>
Subject Discuss changing the project bylaws for the PMC Chair voting process
Date Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:29:43 GMT
Hi all,

Continuing the graduation discussion (you're going to see plenty of
threads like this as we head down the road), the PPMC had a discussion
around how to best select the name we would recommend to the ASF board
to be our PMC chair.

Currently, our bylaws [1] state that we would use the Single
Transferable Vote method for this selection (see section 2.4.5).  In the
thread on the private list, our mentors have suggested that we may want
to reconsider this position.

I'll admit that we have it in our bylaws, purely because I started with
the Hadoop project's document as a starting point for our own.  I
believe that the Hadoop folks probably have a very good reason for this
approach, but perhaps it's not right for our community.

I'm proposing the following change:

CURRENT:

  2.4.5. If the current chair of the PMC resigns, the PMC votes to
  recommend a new chair using Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting.
  See http://wiki.apache.org/general/BoardVoting for specifics. The
  decision must be ratified by the Apache board.

PROPOSED:

  2.4.5. If the current chair of the PMC resigns, the PMC votes to
  recommend a new chair using a lazy 2/3 majority voting method.
  This vote would be held on the cloudstack-dev mail list, after a
  discussion is held on the cloudstack-private list to nominate a 
  candidate for the role. The decision must be ratified by the Apache 
  board.

This is the discussion thread to see if people have any opinions.  If we
don't have any big concerns, I'll start a new VOTE thread to change the
bylaws (using the rules in section 3.4.9 of the bylaws themselves).

Thoughts?

-chip

[1] https://cwiki.apache.org/CLOUDSTACK/apache-cloudstack-project-bylaws.html

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