Re: meeting minutes from today
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Hi all, echoing Phil's comments -- several people have indicated interest in increasing the velocity of adding new licenses to the license list. I'd encourage anyone who shares this goal to participate in reviewing and commenting on requests and issues, and creating/reviewing the license XML files, in the license list 's GitHub repo .
I wanted to share a few other thoughts (speaking just for myself and from my own perspective!) Apologies for the lengthy response below.
For those who aren't familiar with the process of adding a license to the list, details are at . High-level, there are two major steps:
1) Legal Team evaluation and consensus around whether a new request should be added. The SPDX legal team community reviews the request and evaluates whether it is appropriate for inclusion on the license list -- e.g., is it already on the license list (taking the SPDX matching guidelines into account); does it meet the list inclusion principles ; etc.
2) Creating an XML file representing the license text and a test text file. Separately from the evaluation in #1, adding the license requires creating a representation of the license text in XML format that conforms to the list's schema definition, together with a test text file that is used for validating the XML file.
Currently, for both of these steps, the process typically involves discussion of each license during an SPDX legal team call. This has often meant, for each submission, getting verbal consensus on both whether the license is appropriate to include on the list, and whether the submitted XML file is correctly formatted and templated.
Since the legal team call is biweekly, I think that the only way the process will accelerate to add licenses more quickly will be if more decision-making occurs in the GitHub issue discussions, outside the calls. E.g., if participants are actively reviewing and weighing in on submissions directly in the issue threads, and making recommendations + determining consensus or lack thereof.
Where there isn't consensus among the regular reviewers about a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, that probably signals that it deserves discussion on one of the biweekly calls. But where there's general agreement, perhaps we should more readily accept and iterate based on the issue discussions.
Jilayne has done a fantastic job of encouraging this participation for a long time, and of nudging the rest of us to review and comment between calls (thank you Jilayne for all your efforts in moving us all forward!)
I guess I'm asking the rest of us who want to see licenses added faster to the list, myself included, to each figure out how we can better participate in reviews of license submissions and creation of XML files, and reach consensus (or identify where it's lacking), out-of-band from the team calls. Just like with any other volunteer-powered community, the license list will only be able to grow in line with the effort and availability of those who care to contribute and participate in it on an ongoing basis.
If you've made it this far, thanks for your attention to my ramblings...
On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 9:41 AM Phil Odence <phil.odence@...> wrote: