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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Policy should be simple (was "Allowed Champions on podlings")
Date Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:19:29 GMT
On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 9:57 AM, Craig Russell <craig.russell@oracle.com> wrote:
> There is a sorta technical reason for the Champion to be a member of the PMC
> of the sponsor.
>
> I’d expect the Champion to subscribe to the private@ list and to have
> binding votes on podling releases. These both require PMC membership.
>
> The alternative is to create two different “exceptions” that would allow
> Champions to subscribe to private@ and to have binding release votes.

These are legitimate concerns that would need to be dealt should such an
unlikely scenario arise.  However, I don't think we need to carve exceptions
into policy here -- other creative solutions are available, like voting the
Champion onto the Sponsor PMC.

And I'd like to take this opportunity to make a more general point:

Policy should be simple.

There are many reasons that policy should be simple, and I'm sure others will
be happy to weigh in with their own favorites.  But for me, this is the
most compelling:

Complexity harms newcomers.

Right now, Apache's rules are so complex that we are all in perpetual
violation.  You can't even know what all the rules are!

In such an environment, success is dependent, not on your own ability, but on
securing alliances with powerful insiders who can help you bend or break
the rules.

This state of affairs is not worthy of our core principles.  Particularly
since the ASF does not exercise technical control over its projects, what we
do here is not really that complicated.

Apache, and the Incubator in particular, welcomes newcomers.  It should be
possible for a newcomers to discover and follow our rules largely through
their own efforts.

Of course a rejoinder to "Policy should be simple" is "As simple as possible
and no simpler".  But how close are we to "as simple as possible"?

Marvin Humphrey

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