Hi Kyle,

Thanks for having a look.

As to your question: we had a discussion on one of the many calls we discussed 
this topic and ran the hypothetical of what if there were no “rules” or the 
rules were very relaxed.  One extreme might look like this: anyone can add a 
license, any time and the SPDX License List becomes bloated and so long that 
nothing is reliable any more - we’d end up with duplicate licenses (b/c no one 
was minding the Matching Guidelines), duplicate ids (the horror!) etc.  It 
would certainly lose it’s value. 

If there is something we can amend on the current proposal, then there has been 
plenty of opportunity to say so, and there is still (a little) time.  The 
proposed revision substantially relaxes the previous guidelines - as you well 
know. there are a number of licenses in the queue that we’ve put on hold 
knowing that if we changed the guidelines, they would be easy submissions. We 
also made some obvious things explicit like not adding a license that would 
match an existing license - we probably all assumed that one, but it wasn’t 
actually written down!

I’m still unclear as to what the actual issue and suggestion is out of this 


> On Mar 13, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Kyle Mitchell <k...@kemitchell.com> wrote:
> All,
> I am both impressed by the work Jilayne and others have put
> into the guidelines, and in strong sympathy with the general
> thrust Philippe reports from the conference.  I didn't go to
> FOSDEM, but judging from Philippe's notes, I wouldn't have
> had much else to add.
> I keep returning to the _why_ behind rules and proposed
> rules.  Is the overbearing issue, from the SPDX-side point
> of view, still too many license submissions, too fast to
> handle?
> -- 
> Kyle Mitchell, attorney // Oakland // (510) 712 - 0933

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