[python-committers] Proposal on how to vote (was: An alternative governance model)

Łukasz Langa lukasz at langa.pl
Wed Jul 18 18:18:58 EDT 2018

> On Jul 18, 2018, at 4:56 PM, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:
> While I am totally fine with a super-majority of votes for something to be accepted, I don't think the minimum participation requirement will work. If people simply choose not to vote then they choose not to (we have no way to really compel people to vote).

It could be easily added to the list of things expected from a core contributor. It's not like this is a laborious chore, neither is it happening often. There are countries where voting is mandatory.

Taking a step back, there are two reasons I stress the importance of (almost) everybody voicing their support:
- this makes the decision authoritative ("the committers have spoken");
- this ensures that we haven't omitted somebody due to poor timing ("I was on a sabbatical and couldn't vote").

If you feel like this is unrealistic because most of our committers aren't currently active, I hear you. But what I like even less is claiming that "we, the core team" made a decision when, say, just 35% of us voted. In such case it would be easier for those of us who disagree to claim the decision doesn't really represent the views of the greater core team.

- Ł

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