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142<a name="Decision Making">
143<h1>Decision Making</h1>
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145  <p>
146  The .tel developer community is an open and informal environment.
147  We make our decisions in a public manner, via the forum. Every
148  Contributor is very welcome to participate
149  in the discussions, and we value well-argued opinions most.
150  </p>
151  <p>As the project matures, we hope to promote enough active
152  contributors into committers to hold a committers' vote on the most
153  vital decisions, such as release dates, package promotions and critical
154  features for given applications.
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157  <p>Here's a simple convention on the voting format that we suggest everybody follows:</p>
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160  <li>
161<span class="orangetext">+1</span> is a positive vote.</li>
162  <li>
163<span class="orangetext">+/-0</span> means you abstain or have no opinion.
164  This vote makes little sense, because you appear to have no opinion. However,
165  too many abstaining committers and contributors means the discussed matter
166  needs more investigation, so the vote will be postponed. </li>
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168<span class="orangetext">-1</span> is a negative vote.</li>
169 </ul>
170 <p>When voting, please provide arguments or concerns, especially in the case of a zero or
171 negative vote. This would help us understand your point of view.</p>
172<a name="When do we vote?">
173<h2>When do we vote?</h2>
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175<p>Any decision we vote for has an impact on our community, for example: </p>
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177<li> Long-term engagement by a developer or a group of developers to implement certain functionality, such
178as a new application or a ported version of an existing plug-in.</li>
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182promoting a build to an official 'release version' status, or merging a branch containing experimental
183code with the SVN trunk. <br/>
184Of course, we are an open-source community, and our planning capacity is limited, but let's try
185to be organized and avoid disappointing our customers. </li>
186<li>Offering the committer status to a contributor. In this case, only committers have a binding vote.</li>
187</ul>
188<p>Based on the results of a vote,
189a responsible committer publishes an announcement to the forum,
190which is also propagated to the mailing list newsletter and the news RSS feed. </p>
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