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From Eli Collins <...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] change bylaws to add "branch committers"
Date Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:43:34 GMT
+1  sounds reasonable to me.  There's an assumption that we won't
release from feature branches, worth saying that explicitly.

On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM, Chris Douglas <cdouglas@apache.org> wrote:
> In some projects at the ASF, a PMC member can grant commit rights on a
> feature branch to a contributor with minimal overhead. When developing
> significant or pervasive features, collaboration across linked JIRAs
> can be difficult for the contributors to maintain and for reviewers to
> track. Since we already support this model of branched development for
> Hadoop committers, extending it to newer members of the community
> seems pretty natural.
> Given that many of the major feature branches in 2.1 included at least
> one significant contributor without a write bit, this pattern is also
> common enough to adjust our bylaws.
> In one possible protocol, a PMC member can propose a set of
> contributors for a particular feature branch. If there is no NACK,
> then those people are given a commit bit on the branch. Other
> responsibilities for committers- such as reviewing patches, vetoing
> changes in trunk, etc.- do not apply. The protocol on the branch
> should not require explicit rules, but contributors should keep in
> mind that our bylaws also require 3 +1s to merge the branch back;
> creating a feature branch is not a promise to merge. One would also
> expect proposed branch committers to have already written some code as
> the base of the new branch.
> Thoughts? Modifications to the protocol? -C

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