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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Discussion of Cocoon TLP Guidelines
Date Tue, 29 Jul 2003 09:05:39 GMT
Dear all,

I've just checked in a verbatim copy of the Jakarta Guidelines (located 
at in the cocoon-site 
module, that could serve as a starter to base our own project guidelines 
upon. Before we became a TLP (top level project), we were supposed to 
follow the XML TLP guidelines (which are currently under debate, a 
decent RC can be found at,

but after reading both, I believe the Jakarta guidelines might be a good 
foundation to start working from. The guidelines are supposed to 
regulate the day-to-day operations of the Cocoon TLP, which of course 
includes any existing and possible new subprojects.

So in an attempt to start the debate about the Cocoon TLP guidelines, I 
copy/paste/search/replaced through the Jakarta set of guidelines, and 
provide this as a starter for further discussions.

Our DRAFT version is located at

Some topics which, IMHO, need further debate are:

  - PMC composition and rules for admitting new PMC members (currently, 
any committer can self.propose() to become a member of the PMC, and any 
committer is allowed on the PMC list - but we need to discuss, maybe 
change and at the very least formalize this)
  - rules and guidelines for incubating projects, w.r.t. PMC 
participation, cohabitation with Incubator guidelines
  - basically do a sanity check of the lenghty Jakarta original and see 
what might be eradicated from it (less is more)
  - check voting guidelines

I would suggest to start the discussion over here 
(, we can move to the Wiki if discussing the 
document becomes too difficult, and in any case I'd like to use the 
formal CVS logs as a change tracking mechanism ASAP - hence putting a 
draft in CVS rather than in the Wiki. I will come up with some patches 
myself, but not directly in CVS, I'd like to run them through the list.

Please take your time reading through it, it ain't as bad as it looks 
like, and it concerns you: developers & contributors of the Cocoon 
project(s). And let's try and keep this as lightweight as feasible.

If it comes to (a) vote(s), anybody's opinion is appreciated, so please 
speak up. Binding votes about the Cocoon guidelines can be cast by 
Cocoon committers only - the original members of the 'founding' PMC that 
is. If that would need to be changed, it's the time to implement that, 
as well.

Thanks for your attention,

Steven Noels                  
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center
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