On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> Jeff King <p...@peff.net> writes:
>> So there are no hard rules, and this is not a democracy[1]. For the most
>> part the community runs itself in an open and collective fashion, and
>> the dictator's job is easy; but ultimately, he or she is in charge of
>> what gets applied and what doesn't. Rules like "break ties in favor of
>> reviewers" are just a guideline for the dictator to use in making
>> decisions.
>> I do not think any of that is news to you, but I think the point needs
>> to be made, as it applies to any concrete rules.
> My original draft had "I am hoping we do not have to come to that"
> after "(I heard some communities break ties this way)", but I
> removed it by mistake.
> And I think you are right. I also am hoping that I am being fair to
> dictate ;-)

Fair? Fairness requires to judge each action without biases, nor
double standards. In the case of an open source community it requires
you to listen to the arguments before dismissing them, and consider
the patches before dropping them on the floor. Fairness requires no

You think you are being fair? You have acted the equivalent of a judge
that says "oh, you again? I don't need to look at the case, you are a
drunk and you go to jail". I'm not saying that's wrong, I'm saying you
can't call that fair.

Felipe Contreras
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