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From Emmanuel Bourg <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Revised dormancy policy
Date Tue, 17 May 2011 09:27:49 GMT
What is the goal of this policy? Is it meant to lure users away from the 
component because it's obsolete or seriously broken? Is it an attempt to 
get new developers interested in maintaining the component? Or a mere 
indication that no support will be provided for this component?

- If the component is obsolete, I think the web page should explain why 
and maybe redirect to better alternatives.

- If the component is abandoned but still useful, an "help wanted" 
message could be inserted on the site.

By reading your proposal it seems like a stable and widely used 
component could fall into the dormant category if no one volunteers to 
maintain it at a given time. Also the barrier to revive a component 
should be as low as possible IMHO, a single motivated committer should 
be allowed to do it.

Emmanuel Bourg

Le 16/05/2011 19:52, Phil Steitz a écrit :
> I would like to take the proposal made in [1], modified per
> discussion on that thread to a VOTE, so we can start implementing
> the policy.
> The provisions are as follows:
> 0) To move a component to dormant requires a VOTE.   A single -1
> suffices to postpone the action; but a -1 in a dormancy vote is
> really a +1 to help sustain or advance the component. Dormancy VOTEs
> will remain open for two weeks.
> 1) When a component is voted "dormant":
>      a) the main web site and site navigation links show the
> component as dormant
>      b) the component site and component JIRA page display a "dormant
> disclaimer" (TBD)
>      c) JIRA remains open (not merged into Commons-Dormant, but JIRA
> project page displays disclaimer)
>      d) svn remains open (but no commits without revival vote)
> 2) To revive a component requires another VOTE resulting in 3 +1s
> from ASF committers interested in bringing the zombie back to life.
> Revival VOTEs are majority rule.
> votes, please.  This VOTE will remain open for at least 72 hours.
> Comments, as well as votes, are welcome from all community members.
> I will revise the policy and restart the VOTE if necessary.
> Thanks!
> Phil
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