Governance #

This document describes the rules and governance of the project. It is a slightly modified version of the Prometheus Governance.

It is meant to be followed by all the developers of the Thanos project and the Thanos community. Common terminology used in this governance document are listed below:

  • Maintainers Team: A core Thanos team that have owner access to http://github.com/thanos-io organization and all projects within it. Current list is available here.

  • Triage Team: Contributors who does not belong to Maintainer’s team, but has Triage GitHub role on Thanos repository allowing to change GitHub issues and PRs statuses and labels. They are listed here.

  • The Thanos project: The sum of all activities performed under the thanos-io organization on GitHub, concerning one or more repositories or the community.

Both Triage and Maintainers have are part of thanos-io@googlegroups.com email list.

Values #

The Thanos developers and community are expected to follow the values defined in the CNCF charter, including the CNCF Code of Conduct. Furthermore, the Thanos community strives for kindness, giving feedback effectively, and building a welcoming environment. The Thanos developers generally decide by consensus and only resort to conflict resolution by a majority vote if consensus cannot be reached.

Decision making #

Maintainers Team #

Team member status may be given to those who have made ongoing contributions to the Thanos project for at least 3 months. This is usually in the form of code improvements and/or notable work on documentation, but organizing events or user support could also be taken into account.

New members may be proposed by any existing Maintainer by email to thanos-io. It is highly desirable to reach consensus about acceptance of a new member. However, the proposal is ultimately voted on by a formal supermajority vote of Team Maintainers.

If the new member proposal is accepted, the proposed team member should be contacted privately via email to confirm or deny their acceptance of team membership. This email will also be CC’d to thanos-io for record-keeping purposes.

If they choose to accept, the following steps are taken:

Team members may retire at any time by emailing thanos-io@googlegroups.com.

Team members can be removed by supermajority vote on thanos-io@googlegroups.com. For this vote, the member in question is not eligible to vote and does not count towards the quorum.

Upon death of a member, their team membership ends automatically.

Triage Team #

Triage team has similar rules, however the contributions made to the projects does not need to be as significant as expected by potential maintainer.

New members as well may be proposed by any existing Maintainer or Triage person by email to thanos-io@googlegroups.com. It is highly desirable to reach consensus about acceptance of a new member. However, the proposal is ultimately voted on by a formal majority vote (in comparison to Maintainer’s vote which requires supermajority).

If the new member proposal is accepted, the proposed team member should be contacted privately via email to confirm or deny their acceptance of team membership. This email will also be CC’d to thanos-io@googlegroups.com for record-keeping purposes.

If they choose to accept, the following steps are taken:

  • Triage member is added to the Thanos project with Triage access.
  • Triage member is added to the thanos-io.
  • Triage member is added to the list of Triage members here.
  • New team Triage member are announced on the Thanos Twitter by an existing team member.

Triage member may retire at any time by emailing thanos-io@googlegroups.com. It can be proposed to step up as Maintainer in any time as well.

Triage member can be removed by majority vote on thanos-io@googlegroups.com. For this vote, the member in question is not eligible to vote and does not count towards the quorum. Only Maintainers team has right to vote.

Upon death of a member, their Triage team membership ends automatically.

Technical decisions #

Smaller technical decisions are made informally and lazy consensus is assumed. Technical decisions that span multiple parts of the Thanos project should be discussed and made on the GitHub issues and in most cases followed by proposal as described here.

Decisions are usually made by lazy consensus. If no consensus can be reached, the matter may be resolved by majority vote.

Governance changes #

Material changes to this document are discussed publicly on the Thanos GitHub. Any change requires a supermajority in favor. Editorial changes may be made by lazy consensus unless challenged.

Other matters #

Any matter that needs a decision, including but not limited to financial matters, may be called to a vote by any Maintainer if they deem it necessary. For financial, private, or personnel matters, discussion and voting takes place on the thanos-io@googlegroups.com; Otherwise discussion and votes are held in public on the GitHub issues or #thanos-dev CNCF slack channel.

Voting #

The Thanos project usually runs by informal consensus, however sometimes a formal decision must be made.

Depending on the subject matter, as laid out above, different methods of voting are used.

For all votes, voting must be open for at least one week. The end date should be clearly stated in the call to vote. A vote may be called and closed early if enough votes have come in one way so that further votes cannot change the final decision.

In all cases, all and only Maintainers are eligible to vote, with the sole exception of the forced removal of a team member, in which said member is not eligible to vote.

Discussion and votes on personnel matters (including but not limited to team membership and maintainership) are held in private on the thanos-io@googlegroups.com. All other discussion and votes are held in public on the GitHub issues or #thanos-dev CNCF slack channel.

For public discussions, anyone interested is encouraged to participate. Formal power to object or vote is limited to Maintainers Team.

Governance #

It’s important for the project to stay independent and focused on shared interest instead of single use case of one company or organization.

We value open source values and freedom, that’s why we limit Maintainers Team votes to maximum two from a single organization or company.

We also encourage any other company interested in helping maintaining Thanos to join us to make sure we stay independent.

Consensus #

The default decision making mechanism for the Thanos project is lazy consensus. This means that any decision on technical issues is considered supported by the team as long as nobody objects.

Silence on any consensus decision is implicit agreement and equivalent to explicit agreement. Explicit agreement may be stated at will.

Consensus decisions can never override or go against the spirit of an earlier explicit vote.

If any member of Maintainers Team raises objections, the team members work together towards a solution that all involved can accept. This solution is again subject to lazy consensus.

In case no consensus can be found, but a decision one way or the other must be made, anyone from Maintainers Team may call a formal majority vote.

Majority vote #

Majority votes must be called explicitly in a separate thread on the appropriate mailing list. The subject must be prefixed with [VOTE]. In the body, the call to vote must state the proposal being voted on. It should reference any discussion leading up to this point.

Votes may take the form of a single proposal, with the option to vote yes or no, or the form of multiple alternatives.

A vote on a single proposal is considered successful if more vote in favor than against.

If there are multiple alternatives, members may vote for one or more alternatives, or vote “no” to object to all alternatives. It is not possible to cast an “abstain” vote. A vote on multiple alternatives is considered decided in favor of one alternative if it has received the most votes in favor, and a vote from more than half of those voting. Should no alternative reach this quorum, another vote on a reduced number of options may be called separately.

Supermajority vote #

Supermajority votes must be called explicitly in a separate thread on the appropriate mailing list. The subject must be prefixed with [VOTE]. In the body, the call to vote must state the proposal being voted on. It should reference any discussion leading up to this point.

Votes may take the form of a single proposal, with the option to vote yes or no, or the form of multiple alternatives.

A vote on a single proposal is considered successful if at least two thirds of those eligible to vote vote in favor.

If there are multiple alternatives, members may vote for one or more alternatives, or vote “no” to object to all alternatives. A vote on multiple alternatives is considered decided in favor of one alternative if it has received the most votes in favor, and a vote from at least two thirds of those eligible to vote. Should no alternative reach this quorum, another vote on a reduced number of options may be called separately.

FAQ #

This section is informational. In case of disagreement, the rules above overrule any FAQ.

For majority vote, what if there is even number of maintainers and an equal amount of votes in favor than against? #

It has to be majority so the vote will be declined.

So what’s the TLDR difference between majority vs supermajority? #

It’s about number of up votes to agree on the decision.

  • majority: Majority of voters has to agree.
  • supermajority: 23 voters has to agree.

How do I propose a decision? #

See Contributor doc

How do I become a team member? #

To become an official member of Maintainers Team, you should make ongoing contributions to one or more project(s) for at least three months. At that point, a team member (typically a maintainer of the project) may propose you for membership. The discussion about this will be held in private, and you will be informed privately when a decision has been made. A possible, but not required, graduation path is to become a maintainer first.

Should the decision be in favor, your new membership will also be announced on the Thanos Twitter

How do I add a project? #

As a team member, propose the new project on the Thanos GitHub Issue. However, currently to maintain project in our organization you have to become Thanos Maintainers.

All are encourage to start their own project related to Thanos. Thanos team is happy to link to your poject in appriopriate page e.g https://thanos.io/integrations.md/

How do I remove a Maintainer or Triage member? #

All members may resign by notifying the thanos-io@googlegroups.com. If you think a team member should be removed against their will, propose this to the thanos-io@googlegroups.com. Discussions will be held there in private.

Can majority/supermajority vote be done on GitHub PR by just approving PR? #

No,[VOTE] email has to be created.

What if during majority/supermajority vote there is no answer after week? #

For majority voting this means that member that did not send a response agree with the proposal.

For supermajority voting team has to wait for all answers.


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