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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: Decision making process (Re: Changing rev to _rev in view results (Was: Re: newbie question #1))
Date Fri, 02 Jan 2009 12:49:18 GMT

On 02/01/2009, at 11:07 PM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 4:16 AM, Geir Magnusson Jr. <>  
> wrote:
>> On Jan 2, 2009, at 12:33 AM, Antony Blakey wrote:
>>> It's never been clear to me that there is a process for voting - the
>>> decision making process within the commit group seems opaque.
>> How can that be?  I assume that all decisions are made in public on  
>> the dev@
>> mailing list.
> The committers have a history of deferring to Damien (especially on
> deeply technical matters like the document identity model). It's fair
> to say that most of what we do is bug fixes and the like. When we have
> a new feature or module under development, we like to run the code by
> Damien before we commit it. He understands CouchDB inside and out, and
> he's pretty good at seeing how an API detail or caching property will
> effect the big picture of how people use CouchDB.

That would confirm my presumption that it's probably a waste of time  
pushing something that Damien's firmly against, as opposed to  
expecting to vote on it.

> There have been votes on the dev list before, but they are rare
> because we so often move with consensus.

I'm merely curious bout this, but now that Couch is formally an Apache  
project, is there some Apace mandated consensus-driven decision making  
approach, or do they accept whatever model comes in - I'm wondering if  
the ASF brand might 'mean' something in that sense. And I've just  
noticed that Geir is on the ASF board - he should know if anyone does!

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a  
faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant  
and has forgotten the gift.
   -- Albert Einstein

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