[FFmpeg-devel] Voting committee

anshul anshul.ffmpeg at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 09:04:57 CEST 2015

On Monday 14 September 2015 10:50 PM, Nicolas George wrote:
> L'octidi 28 fructidor, an CCXXIII, Ganesh Ajjanagadde a écrit :
>> Looks mostly good to me. One thing I think that should be clarified is
>> the meaning of "linear combination" - I assume you meant a non-trivial
>> (exclude all zeros) linear combination over the nonnegative integers?
> Thanks. You are right, this was imprecise. I meant linear combination with
> total coefficients one; barycenter in other words. For example: 10 commits
> are ok, 20 devel mails are ok, then 5 commits and 10 devel mails are ok too.
> Of course, the value I have put are rather arbitrary. Please people feel
> free to propose other values.
> Regards,
Some thoughts on voting commitee:
It looks like maintainer list is ignored. Like if there is maintainer of 
XYZ feature. and decision of XYZ features are taken by committee then 
ignoring him just because he don't have lots of commit would be bad 
idea. Maintainer has taken responsibility so until he is not removed 
from maintainer list from that part and his place is not filled by 
someone else.

There could be conflicts like if XYZ part is not developed well or used 
by many people take snow or ffserver for example people want to remove 
it completely. Since majority of comitee don't like that feature then 
that does not mean that they are authorized to remove that part. If 
there is no maintainer for some part they can remove it to decrease work 
load but if there is maintainer they must not over rule him.

There should be restriction on voting committee to remove some part of 
FFMpeg, or I fear that bad voting committee can tear this project apart.

There may be one more scenario like there is committee of  20 people 
where 11 voted on X way and 9 voted on Y way. and at end of day 9 voter 
forked ffmpeg and made there own project.
So I would put one more restriction here that its not about what 
majority wants  X way or Y way there should be what reasons are given to 
follow X way or Y way. and confirmation that everyone understand pros 
and cons of particular way. No valid reason given against anyones wills 
other then majority voter should be avoided at any cost or we may loose 

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