[License-discuss] The political / technical dichotomy

Luis Villa luis at lu.is
Tue Mar 26 05:00:49 UTC 2019

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 7:32 AM Richard Fontana <fontana at sharpeleven.org>

> On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 4:18 PM Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:
> >
> > Does it help to make the document maintainer more than one person? Or
> hinder?
> Help, I would think.

There are more nuanced questions than just the number of people involved.

A common model in the wiki world is that one person is identified as the
person having primary responsibility for drafting and editing, but they're
understood not to be the final decision-maker: others are
encouraged/expected to do further edits once the first draft is posted, and
in at least some cases the "closer" (summarizer and decision maker) is
explicitly prohibited from being involved in the ongoing discussion.

I could see here having primary responsibility on the submitter to do the
first draft, with a designated board rep whose job would be to answer
questions, cat-herd any loose ends from L-R, and do a final edit pass for
completeness/accuracy/relative neutrality before the board made a final
call. This would let really skilled submitters (Van, etc.) work relatively
unhindered while giving at least some support to those working in good
faith but with less experience/resources.

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