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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Release Verification Checklist
Date Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:27:21 GMT
On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM, ant elder <ant.elder@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm also opposed to updating the policy document, so will be voting against
> this just for that.  Its just an experiment so you don't need to be making a
> permanent change to the policy page to try it, especially as its such a
> clunky convoluted change.

An explicit policy change is required because otherwise there would be
ambiguity as to whether a release which passes under the modified regime is an
act of the Foundation and confers indemnity on the Release Manager.

The language of the proposed change to the Policy page has been carefully
composed.  It is highly isolated from the rest of our policy and has no force
except on the the experiment.

This proposal is structured as an incremental, reversible change.  It is
incremental because podlings must be opted in by vote of the IPMC to
participate.  It is reversible because once the experiment has run its course
the relevant section of the policy page can be removed with zero impact
through lazy consensus.

> (And responding to another related comment in the thread - since when have
> policy updates not required consensus?)

The 2008 proposal to allow distribution through Maven was enacted after a
contentious majority-rule vote passed 15 to 12.

Marvin Humphrey

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