> What I mean by "imposing structure" is:
> - Identify patterns of development and structure that seem to have evolved
>   naturally as part of the maturing of the FreeBSD Project
> - Determine which patterns tend to result in the most productive and
>   parallel development efforts, not to mention which are the most popular
> - Selectively reinforce those patterns to improve the ability of
>   developers to rely on the patterns

This sounds fine to me but we're going to have to write it down somewhere
and then discuss it.  This tossing ideas in the ether is not going to work
because to refer back to earlier points we have to either have huge emails
with everyone's comments in them, or constantly be reading the

So, please, if you think this is important write down your findings/current 
somewhere (I think TWiki or something like it is perfect for this) and let 
comment and modify them until we have an understanding.  Then lets figure
out what structure we need and write that down as well.   Think of it as a 
constitution if you must, only much more lightweight.

You're obviously taking the lead here and that's fine, every project 
(and this discussion is really a project) needs a leader.

> I think we're in the same boat here.  You believe that process can help
> streamline the development process, and be used to help avoid the
> disagreements we've run into recently (assuming I read you correctly :-).
> I think so too.  I agree we can't bring too much process--that won't work
> for a large number of reasons.  But a little bit of process can go a long
> way.  In particular, I'm looking for a little bit of process that will
> help address the perceived problems of the current situation.

Yes, you read me correctly.   My mantra is, "Write it down."



George V. Neville-Neil                                  [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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