[ovs-dev] [PATCH] Introduce Emeritus Committer status.

Ben Pfaff blp at ovn.org
Sat Oct 7 04:22:37 UTC 2017

On Fri, Oct 06, 2017 at 08:19:04PM -0400, Russell Bryant wrote:
> This patch introduces an Emeritus status for OVS committers. An
> Emeritus Committer is recognized as having made a significant impact
> to the project and having been a committer in the past.  It is
> intended as an option for those that do not currently have the time or
> interest to fulfill committer responsibilities based on their current
> responsibilities.  While in this status, they are not included in
> voting for governance purposes.
> An emeritus committer may be re-instated as a full committer at any
> time.
> See documentation contents for full details.
> Suggested-by: Ethan J. Jackson <ejj at eecs.berkeley.edu>
> Signed-off-by: Russell Bryant <russell at ovn.org>

Thank you.

I felt like doing some editing.  Here is my version.  You don't have to
use it though.

I have procedural questions:

    1. Do we need to get Linux Foundation approval for this change?  My
       inclination is to believe that we do not, because 2.c.iii in the
       project charter says that the committers may "amend, adjust and
       refine the roles of Contributors and Committers listed in Section
       2.b., create new roles and publicly document responsibilities and
       expectations for such roles, as it sees fit" and I think that
       this falls squarely in that category.

    2. Do we need a vote of the committers to approve this change?  I
       think that I would be more comfortable if we did have one.



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OVS committers are nominated and elected based on their impact on the Open
vSwitch project.  Over time, as committers' responsibilities change, some may
become unable or uninterested to actively participate in project governance.
Committer "emeritus" status provides a way for committers to take a leave of
absence from OVS governance responsibilities.  The following guidelines clarify
the process around the emeritus status for committers:

* An committer may choose to transition from active to emeritus, or from
  emeritus to active, by sending an email to the committers mailing list.

* If a committer hasn't been heard from in 6 months, and does not respond to
  reasonable attempts to contact him or her, the other committers can vote as a
  majority to transition the committer from active to emeritus.  (If the
  committer resurfaces, he or she can transition back to active by sending an
  email to the committers mailing list.)

* Emeritus committers may stay on the committers mailing list to continue to
  follow any discussions there.

* Emeritus committers do not nominate or vote in committer elections.  From a
  governance perspective, they are equivalent to a non-committer.

* Emeritus committers cannot merge patches to the OVS repository.

* Emeritus committers will be listed in a separate section in the
  MAINTAINERS.rst file to continue to recognize their contributions to the

Emeritus status does not replace the procedures for forcibly removing a

Note that just because a committer is not able to work on the project on a
day-to-day basis, we feel they are still capable of providing input on the
direction of the project.  No committer should feel pressured to move
themselves to this status.  Again, it's just an option for those that do not
currently have the time or interest.

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