There has been some random discussion about relaxing the release
signature requirements.

Our hard requirements are:

- One signature [ASF policy]
- Three +1 votes [ASF policy]

Our current policy is:

- One RM signature
- Three unix +1s with signatures
- Three windows +1s with signatures
  + Traditionally these would be seven separate persons, but nowadays we
    are less strict about this.

[The above is facts.  The below is opinion.]

Properties we want the new policy to have:

- Fewer than seven people involved
- Testing on all platforms
- Complies with ASF policy

So, how about:

- Allowing the RM to cast a +1.
  
  I think this shouldn't be automatic; the RM does not automatically
  cast a +1 on account of having rolled the tarballs, rather, the RM
  only casts a +1 if he specifically sends a "Summary: +1 to release"
  vote indicating he'd tested the tarballs [which he'd produced] the
  usual way.  
  
  The rationale is that _rolling_ a tarball is entirely different to
  _testing_ it.

- Requiring fewer than three +1s per platform.

  E.g., we could require just two windows +1s and two unix +1s.

  If we do this, I would prefer to see the two unix +1s from different
  unix variants.  (We have at least four devs on debian/ubuntu, and I
  don't think four +1s one these two are equal to two +1s from two more
  different unixoid platforms.)  Likewise on windows, I suppose, but I
  don't know that platform's variations well enough to have an opinion.

These two changes together would mean that only four people would be
needed to make a release: two devs per platform, one of whom doubles as
an RM.  We could even theoretically manage a release with only three
developers, if one of them tested on two platforms, two tested on one
platform each, and one of the three acted as RM — but having fewer
people involved increases the risk of overlooking some showstopper.

To be concrete, here's the suggestion again without annotations:

    - A tarball is rolled by the RM.

    - The RM signs the tarball before uploading to /dist/dev.

    - The tarball is tested by at least two windows developers, who
      SHOULD use different variants of Windows, and receives their +1
      votes and signatures.  The RM MAY be one of these developers.

    - The tarball is tested by at least two unix developers, who
      SHOULD use different Unixoid platforms, and receives their +1
      votes and signatures.  The RM MAY be one of these developers.

    - There MAY be more than two testers per platform.  The testers need
      not be committers.

    - There SHOULD be at least four different testers.

    - Developers MAY sign the tarball without testing it, only if they
      have verified that it matches the tag [with the expected differences].

    - The release timelines (at least 72 hours and preferably more for
      testing/votes, then 24 hours for the mirrors) are unchanged.

WDYT?

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