I like this overall.
- Do we want to say this forum instead of mailing lists? I vote yes on that
- I propose we formalize the concept of “draft that has consensus” as a “release candidate” in a better way that is more formal with a number. If issues are brought up and we go back to edit, then we get to release candidate 2 or release candidate 3…
- In step 5, “ready for voting, establishing a release candidate, and informing
contributors that only typo corrections will be accepted from this point
forward.” is unclear.
- I think it’s more that we need to clarify that if the proposed release candidate has a successful vote, then only typo corrections will be accepted.
Overall, I still see lack of clarity about the meaning of only accepting typo fixes. I think I’d prefer something that distinguishes between real content changes vs rewordings. I see things like splitting up a run-on sentence or fixing a word to be more clear is in a different category from real policy changes. I would like to see a stage that says “we’re not going to discuss policy issues any further (unless strong objections like a hard-block/veto level are raised)” that still allows us to accept the scope and policy but still fine-tune the wordings.
Personally, my issue is that I really wanted to get through the debates about policy and concepts, see a draft that includes 100% of the proposed policy issues addressed, but still be able to make minor wording improvements. I saw the current situation as being asked to vote already on the first draft I read that included 100% of the policy proposals. I want to be able to say “yes, this captures all the policy proposals adequately, but I want to still fix up the precise writing before it’s final”. And in that case, I’d accept a rejection of any wording fixes that anyone sees as having policy impacts — in other words, I can accept the idea that we’ve agreed not to adjust the policy from here, but I don’t like that meaning that the wording is final. Sometimes, a wording change is easy enough, is completely an improvement, and doesn’t affect the policy.
By the way, thanks Herb for your proactive work on everything. Much appreciated, and thanks for being considerate of my concerns.