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150<h1>Decision Making</h1>
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152  <p>
153  The .tel developer community is an open and informal environment.
154  We make our decisions in a public manner, via the forum. Every
155  Contributor is very welcome to participate
156  in the discussions, and we value well-argued opinions most.
157  </p>
158  <p>As the project matures, we hope to promote enough active
159  contributors into committers to hold a committers' vote on the most
160  vital decisions, such as release dates, package promotions and critical
161  features for given applications.
162  </p>
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164  <p>Here's a simple convention on the voting format that we suggest everybody follows:</p>
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168<b>+1</b> is a positive vote.</li>
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170<b>+/-0</b> means you abstain or have no opinion.
171  This vote makes little sense, because you appear to have no opinion. However,
172  too many abstaining committers and contributors means the discussed matter
173  needs more investigation, so the vote will be postponed. </li>
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175<b>-1</b> is a negative vote.</li>
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177 <p>When voting, please provide arguments or concerns, especially in the case of a zero or
178 negative vote. This would help us understand your point of view.</p>
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185as a new application or a ported version of an existing plug-in.</li>
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189promoting a build to an official 'release version' status, or merging a branch containing experimental
190code with the SVN trunk. <br/>
191Of course, we are an open-source community, and our planning capacity is limited, but let's try
192to be organized and avoid disappointing our customers. </li>
193<li>Offering the committer status to a contributor. In this case, only committers have a binding vote.</li>
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196a responsible committer publishes an announcement to the forum,
197which is also propagated to the mailing list newsletter and the news RSS feed. </p>
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