[Labs-announce] [Tools] [Attention needed] Call for vote on abandoned tools policies

Bryan Davis bd808 at wikimedia.org
Sun Nov 20 01:53:31 UTC 2016

Two proposed policies related to Tool Labs are now up for vote on meta. [0]

The two policies are:
* The "Right to fork policy" [1] which defines a policy for ensuring
that all tools are released under an OSI approved software license and
that the source code be made available to those who request it.

* The "Abandoned tool policy" [2] which defines a policy for how a
tool with no active maintainers can be adopted and eventually usurped
by an interested Tool Labs member.

I would like to encourage everyone to review the polices and their
talk pages on Wikitech and then cast votes on the meta RfC page either
for or against each proposal individually by December 9th.

Both proposals call for the creation of a committee to oversee the
policy in conjunction with the Tool Labs admin staff. I would like to
the community to determine if one or both policies should be adopted
before attempting to define the specifics of membership and operation
of the committee called for by either policy. If both policies are
approved it seems logical to combine the two committees into one body.
If one or both policies have consensus, then we can open a brief
follow up discussion to decide how to bootstrap the committee.

[0]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Abandoned_Labs_tools#Call_for_vote_on_straw_dog_proposals
[1]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Tool_Labs/Right_to_fork_policy
[2]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Tool_Labs/Abandoned_tool_policy

Bryan Davis              Wikimedia Foundation    <bd808 at wikimedia.org>
[[m:User:BDavis_(WMF)]]  Sr Software Engineer            Boise, ID USA
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