Introduction

This document describes the roles and responsibilities of the project, who may vote, how voting works, how conflicts are resolved, etc.

The Apache Foundation FAQ and How-It-Works explain the operation and background of the foundation. Terms used are defined in the ASF glossary.

Apache has a code of conduct that it expects its members to follow.

Roles and Responsibilities

Apache projects define a set of roles with associated rights and responsibilities.

Project Management Committee

The PMC has many responsibilities including complying with ASF policies, reporting to the board, approving releases and adding new committers and PMC members.

The Chair

The chair ensures board reports are submitted and that the project’s roster is up to date.

Decision Making

Different decisions require different forms of approval but community consensus is always the goal. Voting when needed should be open for at least 72 hours.

Action

Who can vote

Approval

Where to vote

Board approval required

Code change

Committer

Lazy Consensus

public dev or commit list

Release

PMC

Majority Approval

public dev list

New committer

PMC

Consensus Approval

private list

New PMC member

PMC

Consensus Approval

private list 

Yes 1)

Existing committer removal

PMC

Consensus Approval

private list

Existing PMC removal

PMC

Consensus Approval

private list

Yes 2)

Change chair

PMC

Consensus Approval

private list

Yes 3)

  1. Notice must be given to board.

  2. Except PMC member in question. Only the board can remove PMC members.

  3. Need to be approved by the board at the next board meeting.

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