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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject [RFC] Proposed voting description edits
Date Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:53:02 GMT
I've done a short trawl of the pages that relate to release voting.
There are two pages that I think need updating - please read on.

The Httpd release description [1] says:

"For the ASF to release the candidate tarball/archive, at least three
project members must vote affirmatively for release, and there must be
more positive than negative votes for the release."

The glossary entry for Majority Approval [2] says:

"Refers to a vote (sense 1) which has completed with at least three
binding +1 votes and more +1 votes than -1 votes. ( I.e. , a simple
majority with a minimum quorum of three positive votes.) "

These agree with each other, and are both correct, as far as I am aware.

OK so far?

==

Now the Apache Voting Process/Package Releases page [3] disagrees with
[1], as it says:

"Votes on whether a package is ready to be released follow a format
similar to majority approval [2] -- except that the decision is
officially determined solely by whether at least three +1 votes were
registered"

I hope we are all agreed that this is misleading/wrong, and in fact
release votes are governed by Majority Approval as defined by the
glossary [2]

I propose to change this to:

"Votes on whether a package is ready to be released use Majority
Approval [2] -- i.e.at least three PMC members must vote affirmatively
for release, and there must be more positive than negative votes for
the release."

[Note: capitalisation of "Majority Approval" is necessary to
distinguish it from "simple majority approval", which does not have
the +1 x 3 quorum requirement. It is also the section heading in [2].]

OK?

==

The Release FAQ section on approving a release [4] says:

"All releases must be voted[5] on by the project and must receive at
least three +1 votes from PMC members."

This is correct, but incomplete.

In this case, I suggest the same as before, i.e.

"Votes on whether a package is ready to be released use Majority
Approval [2] -- i.e.at least three PMC members must vote affirmatively
for release, and there must be more positive than negative votes for
the release."

OK?

==

[1] http://httpd.apache.org/dev/release.html - section Who can vote?
[2] http://www.apache.org/foundation/glossary.html#MajorityApproval
[3] http://www.apache.org/foundation/voting.html#ReleaseVotes
[4] http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#approving-a-release
[5] http://www.apache.org/foundation/voting.html

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