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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: piling on
Date Wed, 19 Jul 2006 23:15:48 GMT
Martin Sebor wrote:

> one of the checkboxes on the status page says:
>     Give all Mentors access to all incubator SVN modules (to be
>     done by PMC chair).
> so it seems they are required to have access whether the rest
> of the committers like it or not.

Yes, they must have it to enable oversight, but they do not have to use it.
One can exercise restraint and earn one's merit, unless abnormal
circumstances demand action from an oversight role.

There is an interesting relationship between earned (contrasted with
unearned) ability and restraint.  Consider that I can, as a purely technical
matter, modify any file anywhere in the ASF, in source control or otherwise.
If there was the slightest chance that I would actually (ab)use that
ability, I would not have it.  Nor would I ever do so.  At the least, the
repercussions would be disastrous.

Likewise, I would expect any Incubator PMC member to demonstrate
self-restraint, and to behave in accordance with the project's practices.

	--- Noel

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