[openstack-dev] [tc] Take back the naming process

Monty Taylor mordred at inaugust.com
Wed Jan 28 13:54:35 UTC 2015

Quick top-post apology...

It's entirely possible that there are people who are reading these lists
who do not personally know me or my tendency to overuse hyperbole.

I would like to formally apologize for both the subject of this thread
and my use of the word autocratic. They are both inflammatory and both
imply a level malice or ill-will that I'm certain is not present in anyone.

The salient point is that a thing that in the past felt both open and
fun this time around seemed to become more opaque and heavy handed. I
think, as I've said elsewhere, that we need to be very careful with
decisions, however well meaning, that take place outside of the public

So please accept my apology for my language - and please engage with me
in the discussion around how to make sure people don't inadvertently
begin to feel disenfranchised.


On 01/27/2015 04:50 PM, Monty Taylor wrote:
> I do not like how we are selecting names for our releases right now.
> The current process is autocratic and opaque and not fun - which is the
> exact opposite of what a community selected name should be.
> I propose:
> * As soon as development starts on release X, we open the voting for the
> name of release X+1 (we're working on Kilo now, we should have known the
> name of L at the K summit)
> * Anyone can nominate a name - although we do suggest that something at
> least related to the location of the associated summit would be nice
> * We condorcet vote on the entire list of nominated names
> * After we have the winning list, the foundation trademark checks the name
> * If there is a trademark issue (and only a trademark issue - not a
> "marketing doesn't like the name" issue) we'll move down to the next
> name on the list
> If we cannot have this process be completely open and democratic, then
> what the heck is the point of having our massive meritocracy in the
> first place? There's a lot of overhead we deal with by being a
> leaderless collective you know - we should occasionally get to have fun
> with it.
> Monty
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