[FFmpeg-devel] (trying to be) a voice of reason

Nicolas George nicolas.george
Mon Mar 14 23:34:37 CET 2011

Le quartidi 24 vent?se, an CCXIX, Luca Barbato a ?crit?:
> I stated the election rules used by other major projects and I asked for
> a third party to set it up, the answer from Michael had been an insult
> claiming it was rigged.

As I said, I believe Michael should be excused some measure of paranoia, as
he is actually the target of the hate of several people.

Votes systems are a very delicate thing, it is very easy to introduce bias,
wittingly or not, and hard to spot them.

Now that you have made clear that you did not just invent the rules you were
proposing, either with an agenda or not, I hope that Michael will apologize
for accusing you wrongly.

> I spent lots of time trying to make the whole situation less annoying,
> before the change we had people more and more demotivated, most of the
> people from the original announce were thinking about forking. The
> number was bigger than expected, when michael asked to remove the
> automatic checks for the style change the C votes got counted and we
> decided to just change the maintainership instead of forking, hoping
> that code instead of discussion would do the difference.

Surely you realize how insulting this move could appear to the people who
were not part of the inner circle signing the announce?

> In the past two months we tried to tune the commit process and in the
> mean time we tried to come up with a document stating the direction in a
> clearer way

Who are "we"? What I have seen, if I remember correctly, is:

- You (singular) and Reinhard trying to bring a measure of peace and discuss

- M?ns rejecting out of hand and without any explanation compromises offers
  by Michael.

- Diego and Ronald siding with M?ns on any occasion.

- Most other keeping quiet about political matters, and by doing so
  endorsing the most outspoken people on their side.


  Nicolas George
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