[FFmpeg-devel] [VOTE] FFmpeg leader

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Sat Oct 2 05:21:46 CEST 2010

On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 at 06:13:55PM -0700, Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:07 PM, Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at> wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 at 04:55:37PM -0700, Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
> >> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at> wrote:
> >> > Hi
> >> >
> >> > due to the growing disagreements between root at mphq and me, i and at least one
> >> > of the roots as well believe a vote about my position should be held.
> >> > Every developer with svn write account as of 1. october 2010 is allowed to
> >> > vote. The vote will end at 8. oct 0:01 UTC 2010.
> >> >
> >> > Please vote either
> >> > A. I trust michael and wish him to continue to lead the ffmpeg project
> >> > B. I distrust michael and wish him to step back
> >> >
> >> > Iam not sure if this should be a absolute or relative majority based vote
> >> > but i will probably step back if either majority against me is reached.
> >>
> >> C. ?I want michael to stay our leader, but to abide by the same rules
> >> as everyone else. ?That is, Michael should be a prime minister, not a
> >> dictator.
> >
> > I always tried to abide by the spirit of the rules.
> > If people belive otherwise they should point out where i broke which rule
> > with reference to commit and point of the written policy.
> > Nothing will be changed by trolling on irc about vague rule breaking nor
> > by voting for a point C about me following rules when iam unaware of what
> > rule it is that iam supposed to have broken.
> >
> > Or to say it differently, I can continue as leader and follow rules to the
> > best of my ability or i can step back
> > But i cannot follow something more, that to the best of my knowledge i already
> > follow.
> >
> > Thus please tell me exactly which rule ive where broken, and iam sure this
> > can be reseolved through discussion but i dont see how a vote could resolve
> > that.
> You should not commit any patch that you would not want someone else
> to commit without asking you.

This may work for x264 but for ffmpeg it is not so easy. ffmpeg contains many
different parts that are maintained by different people
And what is ok for the maintainer of a part to do is not neccessarily ok
for others to do.
For example while mans could restructure configure and baptiste could
restructure mov neither could do that with the others code without asking

that said i see your point now that you are trying to make but your "rule"
is your rule and not a rule that is part of the ffmpeg devel policy.
So you really cant blame me or any other ffmpeg developer when he doesnt
follow it. ffmpeg developers are expected to follow the rules writen in
the ffmpeg policy

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