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From Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacre...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Making up policy on the fly
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2009 07:15:30 GMT
On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 7:15 PM, Ted Leung<twleung@sauria.com> wrote:
>
> On Aug 19, 2009, at 10:01 AM, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
>
>> Exactly.  The incubator enforces Best Practices even when these are poorly
>> documented or incomplete, and discusses why they should be normalized.
>
> And how is this PMC supposed to enforce something which might be incomplete
> or contradictory?  I have no problem with enforcement, but I have a lot of
> problems with saying
>
>> In the meantime, we have dozens of projects who are here to learn the
>> *right* way to build code and communities
>
> when we can't even agree / document what that *right* way is....

I agree with Bill that it's a good thing for the Incubator to clarify
best practices, and teach podlings to follow them even if older
projects sometimes don't. We tend to do the same for our kids, don't
we ? ;-)

And I agree with Ted that it's often very hard for podlings (or even
mentors) to find out what those best practices are, without reading
tons of sometimes stale discussions here.

Something like legal's "previously asked questions"
(http://apache.org/legal/resolved.html) would help a lot. We could
discuss things like this LICENSE and NOTICE matter here, vote on the
outcome and document the question and answer there, with a permanent
URL that points to the question.

I'm willing to help maintain such a page if people think that's a good idea.

-Bertrand

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