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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: svn commit: r178965 - /incubator/public/trunk/site-author/learn/newcommitters.html
Date Sat, 02 Jul 2005 20:44:31 GMT
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noel@apache.org wrote:
> 
> Discussion of a potential new committer should take place on the project's
> PPMC list (normally, it would take place on a project's TLP list).  After
> vetting the new candidate, the vote can take place either on the PPMC list
> (with notice posted to the Incubator PMC list) or on the developer list (with
> a notice posted to the Incubator's general list).  The latter practice of a
> private discussion followed by a public, pro-forma, vote is re-emerging as a
> Best Practice for ASF projects.

This last bit troubles me a bit.  I can't say I've seen this 're-emergence'
but that's probably my shortcoming in not tracking discussions.

pro forma: made or carried out in a perfunctory manner or as a formality

In other words, lip-service.

Why?

I don't like the idea of discussions about people's merit (or the people
themselves, for that matter) happening in public right in their faces.
For one thing, people have a tendency to be less candid; for another
there's no anonymity to the vote; and finally (and most important) I
think it's unfair to the individual in question, who will get all anxious
and wound up as the voting proceeds.  'Will I make it?'  'What's *his*
problem?' and other such distractions from coding.
- --
#ken	P-)}

Ken Coar, Sanagendamgagwedweinini  http://Ken.Coar.Org/
Author, developer, opinionist      http://Apache-Server.Com/

"Millennium hand and shrimp!"
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