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From Patricia Shanahan <>
Subject Re: Releasing the Apache OpenOffice API plugin for NetBeans
Date Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:34:25 GMT
On 3/26/2016 10:37 AM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> On 20/03/2016 Patricia Shanahan wrote:
>> The issue is whether it is ASF distributed software, for which ASF
>> trademarks can appropriately be used. I think it is and should continue
>> to be ASF distributed software.
> 3) We recognize that has
> different areas, and that not all of them should be subject to the same
> policy. Just like I don't call a release vote when I change a web page
> (the full site is hosted under that tree, so technically I am making a
> "website release" every time I update a page), we could recognize that
> everything in devtools/ is just a set of tools that we can make
> available with lazy consensus and no need for a formal release. This is
> my favorite option.

This option does not appear to me to conform to

The policy does say:

"Deviations from this policy may have an adverse effect on the legal
shield's effectiveness, or the insurance premiums Apache pays to protect
officers and directors, so are strongly discouraged without prior,
explicit board approval. Do note however that organizationally we prefer
robust, reviewable decision-making over efficient decision-making, so if
you are thinking of proposing an alternative process for the board to
consider, be sure your targets reflect this."

That suggests that a good enough justification for a deviation could get
"prior, explicit board approval". How about asking the board for approval?

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