14.6.4.6 GOP-PROP 6 - private mailing list

Potentially sensitive or private matters will be referred to Graham. He will then decide who should discuss the matter on an ad-hoc basis, and forward or CC them on future emails.

For emphasis, the project administrators are Han-Wen, Jan, and Graham; those three will always be CC’d on any important discussions.

The lilypond-hackers mailing list will be removed.

History

There is some unhappy history about this idea in our development community:

http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-devel/2010-09/msg00178.html
http://news.lilynet.net/spip.php?article121
http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-devel/2010-11/msg00076.html

Other projects

The idea of private mailing lists is hardly uncommon in open-source software. For example,

http://lwn.net/Articles/394660/   about debian-private
http://subversion.apache.org/mailing-lists.html  private@
http://www.freebsd.org/administration.html#t-core
http://foundation.gnome.org/legal/   board members pledge
to keep certain matters confidential

every security team of every GNU/Linux distribution and OS

In fact, Karl Fogel’s “Producing Open Source Software” explicitly suggests a private mailing list for some circumstances:

[on granting commit/push access to a contributor]

But here is one of the rare instances where secrecy is
appropriate. You can't have votes about potential committers
posted to a public mailing list, because the candidate's feelings
(and reputation) could be hurt.

http://producingoss.com/en/consensus-democracy.html#electorate

Board of governers, voting, etc?

Many projects have an official board of directors, or a list of “core developers”, with set term limits and elections and stuff.

I don’t think that we’re that big. I think we’re still small enough, and there’s enough trust and consensus decisions, that we can avoid that. I would rather that we kept on going with trust+consensus for at least the next 2-3 years, and spent more time+energy on bug fixes and new features instead of administrative stuff.

Project administrators are Han-Wen, Jan, and Graham.

Discussions

 
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-devel/2011-07/msg00783.html
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-devel/2011-07/msg01004.html
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-devel/2011-08/msg00117.html

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