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Subject: Re: [boost] Debate until Decision
From: Mateusz Loskot (mateusz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-03-29 16:18:17

On 29 March 2018 at 16:32, Stefan Seefeld via Boost
<boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On 29.03.2018 09:29, James E. King, III via Boost wrote:
>> Look at the cmake discussion, or the CI build job discussion, or the
>> current address-model discussion. These need to be finished, agreed to,
>> and implemented (or not), and everyone moves forward.
> As I tried to illustrate (for example by using the Little Prince as
> metaphor), there are problems that are ill-conceived to be solvable in
> this manner, where it's simply impossible to get everyone to agree. This
> is not a matter of process (arguments, voting, rule), but reflects that
> the Boost organization as a whole may have grown too big and too
> heterogeneous to move as a single entity, at least with respect to
> certain questions. And since you are mentioning the ASF...
>> The Apache Software Foundation maintains a fairly well documented structure
>> for each project, with a project management committee consisting of a chair
>> and members who have equal voting rights, however said group's primary
>> function is to identify and grow the team of developers who have commit
>> privileges. The committers as a whole vote on issues that are
>> project-wide, like "should we split into multiple repositories", or "should
>> we move to another source code control environment"?
> here is some text from its website
> (
> "
> In order to reduce friction and allow for diversity to emerge, rather
> than forcing a monoculture from the top, the projects are designated the
> central decision-making organizations of the Apache world. Each project
> is delegated authority over development of its software, and is given a
> great deal of latitude in designing its own technical charter and its
> own governing rules.
> "

There is one additional detail that is important to understand this model

Individual Apache projects are in turn governed directly by
Project Management Committees (PMC) made up of individuals
who have shown merit and leadership within those projects.

IMHO, modularisation of Boost eco-system should be followed by
agreement to establish such PMC or PSC (Project Steering Committee).

Actually, the CMT may be seen as a forerunner for such initiative.

> b) delegated responsibilities
> [...]

Could be taken over by each PSC.

Best regards,

Mateusz Loskot,

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