My education did not include Latin, but Wikipedia says there are several
kinds of "Firsts among equals." One example is a 'president' and
another is a 'chair of an organization.' Surely the first is not inline
with our famous saying
"We do not believe in kings, presidents, or voting.
We believe in rough consensus and running code,"
Perhaps that saying is no longer true. As it is we vote, we believe in
people with almost unchecked powers, and the consensus processes are
ignored with impunity.
Let me stop being cynical and say that it would be worthwhile to iron
out the review criteria as clearly as possible. The now "dead" discuss
criteria document is a good example of the right direction.
On 6/12/2007 10:17 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
We trust the IESG not only to judge consensus but also to provide
technical mentoring and leadership. We trust the IAB not only to
arbitrate in case of disagreement about consensus but also to
provide architectural insight and leadership.
Yes, that gives them a special status. It's called 'primus inter pares'.
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