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From rgard...@apache.org
Subject svn commit: r1135781 - /comdev/site/trunk/content/committers/decisionMaking.mdtext
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:42:59 GMT
Author: rgardler
Date: Tue Jun 14 20:42:58 2011
New Revision: 1135781

URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=1135781&view=rev
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Initial doc on decision making

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+Title:     Decision Making
+Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
+           or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
+           distributed with this work for additional information
+           regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
+           to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
+           "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
+           with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at
+           .
+             http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+           .
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+           "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY
+           KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
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+           under the License.
+
+The most important thing about engaging with any Apache project is that everyone
+is equal. All people with an opinion are entitled to express that opinion and, where 
+appropriate, have it considered by the community.
+
+To some the idea of having to establish consensus in a large and distributed team 
+sounds inefficient and frustrating. Don't despair though, The Apache Way has a
+set of simple processes to ensure things proceed at a good pace.
+
+In ASF projects we don't like to vote. We reserve that for the few things that need 
+official approval for legal or process reasons (e.g. a release or a new committer). 
+Most of the time we work with the consensus building techniques documented below.
+
+
+## Lazy Consensus
+
+[Lazy consensus][10] is the first, and possibly the most important, consensus building 
+tool we have. Essentially lazy consensus means that you don't need to get explicit
+approval to proceed, but you need to be prepared to listen if someone objects.
+
+## Consensus Building
+
+Sometimes lazy consensus is not appropriate. In such cases it is necessary to
+make a proposal to the mailing list and discuss options. There are mechanisms
+for quickly showing your support or otherwise for a proposal and 
+[building consensus][11] amongst the community.
+
+Once there is a consensus people can proceed with the work under the [lazy 
+consensus][12] model.
+
+## Voting
+
+Occasionally a "feel" for consensus is not enough. Sometimes we need to 
+have a measurable consensus. For example, when [voting][13] in new committers or 
+to approve a release. 
+
+  [10]: /committers/lazyConsensus.html
+  [11]: /committers/consensusBuilding.html
+  [12]: /committers/lazyConsensus.html
+  [13]: /committers/voting.html

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