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From Jukka Zitting <>
Subject Re: Better real time communication
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:17:33 GMT

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM, Mike Reinstein
<> wrote:
> So is it common practice/OK to have a scribe keep meeting points and bring
> them back to a mailing list thread?

Yes, that's fine. Some Apache projects do that, others rely only on
the mailing list.

The important point to remember here is that a consensus reached on an
off-list discussion only covers the participants of that discussion,
not the entire community. That's why it's important to bring all
decisions and other important matters back to the list where everyone
has a chance to raise objections or suggest alternatives.

PS. The reason why such rules are Apache policies is long experience
of community problems caused if not everyone has a chance to
participate in important discussions. Sometimes it may sound like some
of such policies exist just to make life harder, but there's always a
good reason behind them. It's also fine to question a policy and even
suggest that it be changed if you don't see or understand the
rationale behind it (perhaps the original concern no longer applies).
That's the way the ASF evolves and adapts to the ever-changing


Jukka Zitting

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