[GRASS-PSC] Re: Please vote on PSC motion: SVN access for Yann

Paul Kelly paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk
Thu Sep 11 05:35:11 EDT 2008

On Wed, 10 Sep 2008, Helena Mitasova wrote:

> I am aware that some of you are away, but if you have access to email,
> please vote on the motion to grant SVN commit access to Yann -
> please email your vote to
> grass-psc at lists.osgeo.org
> thank you very much, it would be great if we don't let this die out
> because of one missing vote,

I can vote +0 if a vote is required, i.e. Yann seems to know what he's 
doing and has reported some interesting bugs etc. so I'm confident that 
letting him in would be a good idea - on the other hand I'm not planning 
on doing anything personally to support the motion, e.g. check up on his 
commits, make sure he's comfortable with GRASS SVN commit conventions 
etc., so by my (admittedly pedantic) reading of RFC3 that doesn't qualify 
me to give a +1.

RFC3 also says we only need two +1 votes and no -1 votes to pass a motion, 
so I was working on the assumption that once we had two +1s it didn't 
matter if I voted. I'm not really sure what value lots of +1s add to the 
discussion - I like to think we are all pretty polite round here and no 
one is going to say anything bad about another developer on a public list 
(obviously not implying there's anything bad to be said about Yann!) As 
I recall the voting process was originally designed by Apache developers - 
perhaps they're a much more ruthless/shameless bunch than the GRASS 
developers - or maybe they never actually used this voting system for 
voting on new SVN committers either.

I suppose it just comes down to re-working RFC3 into something that suits 
us better. When I get time, I'll do some research to see what other 
projects do about this sort of issue.


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