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Subject svn commit: r1242201 - /incubator/ooo/site/trunk/content/openofficeorg/community-faqs.mdtext
Date Thu, 09 Feb 2012 01:38:15 GMT
Author: robweir
Date: Thu Feb  9 01:38:14 2012
New Revision: 1242201

Move decision making content here from the "how to participate" page


Modified: incubator/ooo/site/trunk/content/openofficeorg/community-faqs.mdtext
--- incubator/ooo/site/trunk/content/openofficeorg/community-faqs.mdtext (original)
+++ incubator/ooo/site/trunk/content/openofficeorg/community-faqs.mdtext Thu Feb  9 01:38:14
@@ -16,5 +16,48 @@ Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Softwa
            specific language governing permissions and limitations
            under the License.
+## How are decisions made in the project?
+The most important thing about engaging with any Apache project is that everyone
+is equal. All people with an opinion are entitled to express that opinion and, where 
+appropriate, have it considered by the community.
+To some the idea of having to establish consensus in a large and distributed team 
+sounds inefficient and frustrating. Don't despair though, The Apache Way has a
+set of simple processes to ensure things proceed at a good pace.
+In ASF projects we don't like to vote. We reserve that for the few things that need 
+official approval for legal or process reasons (e.g. a release or a new committer). 
+Most of the time we work with the consensus building techniques documented below.
+### What is "Lazy Consensus"?
+[Lazy consensus][10] is the first, and possibly the most important, consensus building 
+tool we have. Essentially lazy consensus means that you don't need to get explicit
+approval to proceed, but you need to be prepared to listen if someone objects.
+### Consensus Building
+Sometimes lazy consensus is not appropriate. In such cases it is necessary to
+make a proposal to the mailing list and discuss options. There are mechanisms
+for quickly showing your support or otherwise for a proposal and 
+[building consensus][11] amongst the community.
+Once there is a consensus people can proceed with the work under the [lazy 
+consensus][12] model.
+### What about voting?
+Occasionally a "feel" for consensus is not enough. Sometimes we need to 
+have a measurable consensus. For example, when [voting][13] in new committers or 
+to approve a release. 
+  [10]: /openofficeorg/docs/governance/lazyConsensus.html
+  [11]: /openofficeorg/docs/governance/consensusBuilding.html
+  [12]: /openofficeorg/docs/governance/lazyConsensus.html
+  [13]: /openofficeorg/docs/governance/voting.html
+  [14]:/openofficeorg/mailing-lists.html
+  [15]:
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