time frame between request for approval and acknowledge

Forrest J. Cavalier III mibsoft at mibsoftware.com
Thu Nov 21 18:11:46 UTC 2002

Russell Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote in <15836.63743.324015.346590 at desk.crynwr.com>

> John Cowan writes:
>  > With respect, Russ, that's bassackwards.  Collectively if not individually,
>  > the members of the list have far more free man-hours than you do.  You
>  > should pass submissions straight on to the list and let one or more of
>  > us shoot them down if they are obvious losers.
> Okay, unless list members have an objection, that's how I'll handle
> submissions in the future.

I wondered why the list has only been seeing submissions of
high quality licenses.  We used to more commonly see
all kinds of OSD violations in the submitted licenses.

(I thought the world was getting smarter about open source.
Ah well.)

I agree the list members could function as first-line review
for licenses, AS LONG AS THEY REMEMBER THIS:  We are
ambassadors for open source.  We want more open source.  And
those proposing licenses are newbies, not converts.  Be

I think Russ started being first-line contact back when clearly
bad licenses were very likely to get flamed.   That became
a big turn-off to the "suits" bringing licenses to license-discuss.

We don't even need someone volunteering "that I would never use
such a license." It is adequate to explain the violation if you
think there is one, and point them to the rationale at
www.opensource.org.  If they want to follow-up, then that is
the time for continuing a further detailed discussion.


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