Why Our Governance Doesn’t WorkMarch 19, 2008 5:12 pm OpenSolaris
Every day I come across examples of why the OpenSolaris governance is really proving to be an obstacle with zero value return.
Consider this, James Carlson’s proposal for networking documentation sent late February. Since James is looking for a source code repository to do his work, it needs to be a Project within the scope of opensolaris.org (since that is what the website infrastructure can handle). According to the guidelines laid out in the project instantiation policy, Community Group’s are supposed to sponsor project requests, with their own discretion on how projects are discussed and approved. Once the Community Group approves the project, it gets sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so the website team can create the project page. James is in this case using the Consensus voting system, requiring three +1′s and no -1′s from the Core Contributors of that Community Group.
17 days later, James is still looking for the required votes to start what, in my opinion, seems to be a great project. You can’t help but think how many people would have given up by now.
There’s no substitute to JFDI – or improving our governance model so that it doesn’t get in the way of suitably motivated people who want to contribute.