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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Proposed bylaws for the Hadoop project
Date Fri, 06 Nov 2009 18:57:01 GMT
I'm concerned about the use of majority voting.  For example, we've 
always conducted release votes as if by consensus: 3 +1 votes and no -1 
votes are required.  This proposes to change this to "Lazy majority". 
Changing anything from consensus to majority risks a tyranny of the 
majority.  Currently about 2/3 of the Hadoop PMC share an employer.

Issues that I believe we've previously handled with consensus that would 
move to some kind of majority are:
   - Release Plan
   - Release
   - Adoption of New Codebase (e.g. subprojects)
   - Modifying Bylaws

I'd prefer we keep these consensus or consensus-but-one.  As long as we 
maintain sufficient PMC diversity (at least three legally independent 
parties) consensus-but-one would prevent any single entity from 
controlling a vote.

As long as we keep PMC removal consensus-but-one, everything else could 
be consensus: if an individual is consistently blocking project progress 
with vetos, then they can be removed from the PMC, unless their removal 
would create a PMC with fewer than three legally independent entities.

Doug

Owen O'Malley wrote:
> We should have created bylaws when we were established as a PMC back in 
> Jan 2008, but it has become clear that we need to define them. I looked 
> around and the Ant project had bylaws that were both clear and fairly 
> complete. I made some minor edits to match what we do. Please look them 
> over and vote. In a recursive usage, let's use 2/3 majority to approve 
> these bylaws.
> 
> -- Owen
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