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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Is there a legal 'pmc'? ...
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:53:03 GMT
On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM, Robert Burrell Donkin
<rdonkin@apache.org> wrote:
> On 01/11/11 00:42, Sam Ruby wrote:
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Benson Margulies<bimargulies@gmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
>>> My view is that people post messages to legal-discuss@, and then
>>> responses come back from all sorts of interested parties, and the
>>> posters don't know who is definitive and who is not.
>
> AIUI legal-discuss is a public discussion group. Definitive legal opinion
> and advice happens elsewhere in private. It's positively dangerous to take
> anything anyone says here as such. (IIRC for a while, we issued warnings to
> subscribers about this.)
>
> IIRC the legal committee was formed (to support the VP) a few years after
> legal-discuss was created. Seemed convenient (if potentially confusing) to
> reuse the list for the bits of policy formation which can safely happen in
> public.
>
> AIUI Sam - when wearing his VP hat - is definitive about policy, but IMNSHO
> for everyone else it's safer to assume that if the documentation hasn't been
> updated then it's just discussion...

This is exactly what I want to document. People should not look to
l-d@ to get answers to questions. It seems as if the right advice is
look to the JIRA as the formal way to get a formal answer.


>
>> The definitive list is available to all ASF committers in the following
>> file:
>>
>> https://svn.apache.org/repos/private/committers/board/committee-info.txt
>>
>> It can also be readily reverse engineered from the board minutes which
>> are public:
>>
>> http://www.apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
>>
>> As such, I have no problem with it being published as a consolidated
>> list.
>
> Openness is good :-)
>
> Probably worthwhile adding a few words to explain the set up as well...
>
> Robert
>
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