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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Does Apache Have a 'Rule' Problem, or does the Incubator sometimes just make it look that way?
Date Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:14:50 GMT
When the hot air manufacturers start ragging on us, one of the usual
tags that they paint is 'rules' and 'bureaucracy'. If you read
general@, you will see a fairly regular occurrence that feeds this
perception.

Someone poses a question about NOTICE files, or IP, or release structure.

If they are lucky, they get 3 disagreeing responses in short order.
Why lucky? Because that gives them a clue that perhaps none of them
are the right answer. If they are unlucky, they get a one answer,
confidently worded. And then they put in hours of work based on that
answer.

Time passes. A release, or even a graduation vote arrives. Suddenly,
some crusty veteran arrives on the scene to tell them that what
they've done is wrong, or inadequate, or purple.

This is not precisely wonderful from a PR standpoint.

What can we do as a PMC to improve this?

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