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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] The 'RM' Baton
Date Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:15:36 GMT

On Jul 10, 2013, at 2:41 AM, William A. Rowe Jr. <> wrote:

> Fellow httpd devs,
> A major problem which has occurred repeatedly, since the rapid pace of
> release candidates in the 2.0 series, is that the RM baton has been
> announced and dropped on the ground for weeks, if not many months.  The
> prime directive of open source at the ASF is to release early and to
> release often, and the Apache HTTP Project is failing that directive.
> Refer to on our project's 
> RM rights and responsibilities.  Anyone, at any time, can propose
> a release candidate.  No individual should ever be able to hijack 
> the project with the promise to do something they can't/won't actually
> accomplish.  
> While we all get busy, and derailed by nice-to-have additions, the
> activity 10:59 and 11:01 EDT Tuesday is a prime example of where the
> desire to release the code conflicts with the desire to include even
> more changes.  The pattern must be broken if we are to release code
> to the public often and early, which brings us to a concrete proposal...
> Proposed: An RM intent-to-tag announcement is valid for 10 days.  If
> no prospective release has been tagged in those 10 days, the 'baton'
> has been dropped, the RM's intent is nullified, and any committer is
> encouraged to pick up that baton and proceed to tag a candidate for
> release.
>  +/-1
>  [  ]  An intent-to-tag is valid for only 10 days

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