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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <>
Subject Re: Decision making process (Re: Changing rev to _rev in view results (Was: Re: newbie question #1))
Date Fri, 02 Jan 2009 12:46:32 GMT

On Jan 2, 2009, at 7:37 AM, 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's perfectly reasonable if it's on the dev@ list.

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

That's also perfectly reasonable, and in fact, how I personally like  
to participate - it seems that if it comes down to a vote, the  
consensus mode has failed.


> -- 
> Chris Anderson

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