CpX Project Bylaws
This document defines the bylaws under which the CpX project operates. It defines the roles and responsibilities of the project, who may vote, how voting works, how conflicts are resolved, etc.
CpX is a project of Alain Renaud. He holds the copyright on CpX code.
CpX is typical of SourceForge projects in that it operates under a set of principles, known collectively as the "SourceForge Way". If you are new to SourceForge development, please refer to the Incubator project for more information on how SourceForge projects operate. Note: the incubator project has only been recently set up and does not yet explain the SourceForge Way in great detail.
Roles and Responsibilities
SourceForge projects define a set of roles with associated rights and responsibilities. These roles govern what tasks an individual may perform within the project. The roles are defined in the following sections
The most important participants in the project are people who use our software. The majority of our developers start out as users and guide their development efforts from the user's perspective.
Users contribute to the project by providing feedback to developers in the form of bug reports and feature suggestions. As well, users participate in the SourceForge community by helping other users on mailing lists and user support forums.
All of the volunteers who are contributing time, code, documentation, or resources to the CpX Project. A developer that makes sustained, welcome contributions to the project may be invited to become a Committer, though the exact timing of such invitations depends on many factors.
The project's Committers are responsible for the project's technical management. All committers have write access to the project's source repositories. Committers may cast binding votes on any technical discussion regarding the project.
Committer access is by invitation only and must be approved by lazy consensus of the active PMC members. A Committer is considered emeritus by their own declaration or by not contributing in any form to the project for over six months. An emeritus committer may request reinstatement of commit access from the PMC. Such reinstatement is subject to lazy consensus of active PMC members.
Commit access can be revoked by a unanimous vote of all the active PMC members (except the committer in question if they are also a PMC member).
All SourceForge committers are required to have a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) on file with SourceForge. There is a Committer FAQ which provides more details on the requirements for Committers
A committer who makes a sustained contribution to the project may be invited to become a member of the PMC. The form of contribution is not limited to code. It can also include code review, helping out users on the mailing lists, documentation, etc.
Project Management Committee
The Project Management Committee (PMC) for CpX created by a resolution of the board of the AlainRenaud.ca. The PMC is responsible to the board and the ASF for the management and oversight of the CpX codebase. The responsibilities of the PMC include
Membership of the PMC is by invitation only and must be approved by a lazy consensus of active PMC members. A PMC member is considered "emeritus" by their own declaration or by not contributing in any form to the project for over six months. An emeritus member may request reinstatement to the PMC. Such reinstatement is subject to lazy consensus of the active PMC members. Membership of the PMC can be revoked by an unanimous vote of all the active PMC members other than the member in question.
The chair of the PMC is appointed by the AlainRenaud.ca board. The chair is an office holder of AlainRenaud.ca and has primary responsibility to the board for the management of the projects within the scope of the CpX PMC. The chair reports to the board quarterly on developments within the CpX project. The PMC may consider the position of PMC chair annually and if supported by 2/3 Majority may recommend a new chair to the board. Ultimately, however, it is the board's responsibility who it chooses to appoint as the PMC chair.
Within the CpX project, different types of decisions require different forms of approval. For example, the previous section describes several decisions which require "lazy consensus" approval. This section defines how voting is performed, the types of approvals, and which types of decision require which type of approval.
Decisions regarding the project are made by votes on the primary project development mailing list (email@example.com). Where necessary, PMC voting may take place on the private CpX PMC mailing list. Votes are clearly indicated by subject line starting with [VOTE] or [PMC-VOTE]. Votes may contain multiple items for approval and these should be clearly separated. Voting is carried out by replying to the vote mail. Voting may take four flavours
All participants in the CpX project are encouraged to show their agreement with or against a particular action by voting. For technical decisions, only the votes of active committers are binding. Non binding votes are still useful for those with binding votes to understand the perception of an action in the wider CpX community. For PMC decisions, only the votes of PMC members are binding.
Voting can also be applied to changes made to the CpX codebase. These typically take the form of a veto (-1) in reply to the commit message sent when the commit is made.
These are the types of approvals that can be sought. Different actions require different types of approvals
A valid, binding veto cannot be overruled. If a veto is cast, it must be accompanied by a valid reason explaining the reasons for the veto. The validity of a veto, if challenged, can be confirmed by anyone who has a binding vote. This does not necessarily signify agreement with the veto - merely that the veto is valid.
If you disagree with a valid veto, you must lobby the person casting the veto to withdraw their veto. If a veto is not withdrawn, the action that has been vetoed must be reversed in a timely manner.
This section describes the various actions which are undertaken within the project, the corresponding approval required for that action and those who have binding votes over the action.
Votes are open for a period of 1 week to allow all active voters time to consider the vote. Votes relating to code changes are not subject to a strict timetable but should be made as timely as possible.