[Bf-committers] Policy for decision making process

Campbell Barton ideasman42 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 09:16:25 CEST 2016

Hi, recently a private group was setup for Blender developers and
professional users
with active developers receiving invites (unofficial, unrelated to the

While there nothing wrong with people setting up their own private
communication channels,
it raises a concern regarding decision making policy.

So far we have been quite informal in our development process without
minimal rules & policy documents.
Its even possible we discussed this already, but I couldn't find any
information on it, only [0] which doesn't cover very much.

I'd be more comfortable that developers are part of private groups
like this if we had a policy similar to the Apache software project,
that is:

 "Project technical decisions MUST be made and communicated on public
and archived places." [1]

This is formalizing what we're already doing (for the most part), on
the mailing lists and developer.blender.org.

I'm proposing to update our policy document to include this text.

[0]: https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Doc/Projects/Policy
[1]: https://www.apache.org/dev/project-requirements#governance (second point)

- Campbell

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