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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1473) Implement Externalizable in main top level searcher classes
Date Thu, 04 Dec 2008 18:46:06 GMT
John Wang wrote:
> I agree with the process itself, what would make it better is 
> some transparency on how patches/issues are evaluated to be committed. 

To be clear: there is no forum for communication about patches except 
this list, and, by extension, Jira.  The process of patch evaluation is 
completely transparent.

> At least seemed from the outside, it is purely being decided on by the 
> committers, and since my understanding is that an open source project 
> belongs to the public, the public user base should have some say.

It is not a democracy, it is a meritocracy.

http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#meritocracy

I'll repeat: committers are added when they've both contributed a series 
of high-quality, easy-to-commit patches, and when they've demonstrated 
that they are easy to work with.  That process has resulted in the 
current set of committers, and those committers determine which patches 
are committed and when.  Those are the rules.

However committers cannot ram just any patch through.  Committers are 
only added after they've demonstrated the ability to build consensus 
around their patches.  And they must continue to build consensus around 
their patches even after they are committers.  Patches that receive no 
endorsement from others are not committed, no matter who contributes 
them.  A contribution is not more rapidly committed simply because the 
contributor is a committer.  Rather, committers knows how to elicit and 
respond to criticism and build consensus around a patch in order to get 
them committed rapidly.

Doug

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