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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject [PMC] bootstrapping the PMC
Date Wed, 29 Jan 2003 18:12:19 GMT

since Cocoon got approuved as a top level project, we have a PMC, but 
the ASF is designed in such a way that each PMC can choose its own rules 
and policies.

With my PMC chair hat on (I will rarely use it, but the first PMC post 
is a must) I would like to discuss those policies in public, because 
there is no need to do otherwise.

The first policy we need is how to handle votes, otherwise we won't be 
able to vote. In order to vote the vote policies, we'll use the old 
lazy-consensus vote system we are used to.

NOTE: the difference between the old voting rules and the new ones will 
only be precision. The substance will remain the same.

I'm borrowing the work done by the Avalon PMC, and I'm including it below.

I will use the [PMC] prefix for all email that will have PMC-related 
public discussions. The PMC has a private list but that will only be 
used for things that *require* privacy, such as legal issues or security 

That list isn't setup yet.

We'll do that as soon as we have the policies finished.

Find below the voting procedures taken from the Avalon PMC (they have 
not yet finalized them). I've changed all references to Avalon and added 
one paragraph (tagged appropriately below)

Please give your feedback.

Thank you.

                               - o -

PMC Voting Procedures

This document details how the PMC has agreed to handle voting.

People Involved in the Voting Process

The Proposer

The proposer is the one who comes up with the discussion that needs to 
be addressed. Any member of the community may start the discussion. The 
proposer must follow the procedures listed under the heading "Prior to 
the Vote".

The Vote Administrator

The vote administrator is the person who tallies the votes and reports 
the results. The person who actually puts a proposal up for vote is 
usually the vote administrator, although this task can be taken on by 
someone else.

The Voter

A voter is someone who expresses support, opposition or abstention for 
the subject being voted on. A voter must be a PMC member. Input is 
appreciated from committers and all other members of the community, but 
only votes from PMC members are counted.

Prior to the Vote

Before any vote can take place, the subject must be discussed. All such 
discussions take place on the developer or PMC mailing list, and have 
the text "[PROPOSAL]" in the subject line. That practice alerts members 
to the fact that you eventually intend to call a vote on the subject.

The Vote

When the proposal is ready to be adopted by the community, the Proposer 
will call for a vote on the developers or PMC mailing list. The call for 
vote must have the text "[PMC:VOTE]" in the subject line. That practice 
alerts the members to the fact that the prior proposal is now ready to 
vote on, and discussion should stop for the proposal.

How to Vote

The voter responds to the call for vote with an expression of support, 
opposition, or abstention. The exact way to express the voter's position 
is listed below:

     * +1 a vote supporting the subject
     * +0 a vote abstaining from the subject (but showing some support).
     * -0 a vote abstaining from the subject (but showing disapproval).
     * -1 a vote opposing the subject

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Any opposive vote must contain a detailed description of the reasoning 
that led to that vote and potentially indicate an alternative proposal 
that he/she would favor.

Counting Votes

The vote administrator will count only the last vote from each voter. 
That means a voter may change their vote at any time during the duration 
of the vote.

Types of Votes

There are two classes of votes: a Qualified Majority Vote and a Normal 
Majority Vote.

Qualified Majority Vote

Any vote that affects the texts "PMC Charter" or "PMC Policies and 
Procedures" is a Qualified Majority Vote. For this type of vote to pass, 
it requires support from two-thirds (2/3) of the voters.

Normal Majority Vote

All votes that do not fall under the heading of Qualified Majority Vote 
are handled as a Normal Majority Vote. If more than half (1/2) of the 
voters support it, then the vote has passed.

Voting Qualifications

In order for any vote to be considered binding it must have quorum, and 
be held for the proper amount of time.


For all votes, there must be at least three (3) voters and half (1/2) of 
the PMC must cast a vote.


All votes will be open for an initial period of one week. The Vote 
Administrator may close the vote at any time after that period if quorum 
has been achieved. If quorum could not be reached within the initial 
one-week period, the vote will remain open for one additional week. If 
the vote still has not achieved quorum, then it is considered failed. 
The proposer can choose to bring it up later when quorum can be reached.

After the Vote

When the vote is closed, the results of the vote are summarized by the 
Vote Administrator. The vote administrator will send an email to the 
Avalon developers or PMC list with the text "[PMC:VOTE-RESULT]" in the 
subject that has the summary. The summary will include the count of all 
+1, +0, -0, and -1 responses, and the final verdict of whether the 
subject passed.


Disagreements concerning voting may be directed to the Chair. The 
Chair's opinion shall be final and binding upon the PMC.

Stefano Mazzocchi                               <>

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