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In some cases there is no obvious path to take, or you might be a new community,
or a new member of an existing community. In these cases people will often
or a new member of an existing community. In these cases people often
need to build consensus by making proposals and eliciting responses.

We want to avoid unnecessary discussion and the creation of significant
amounts of unnecessary mail that everyone in the community needs to read.
That is not to say that we want to avoid constructive discussion. This is
the lifeblood of a successful project. However, many ASF projects adopt a
Constructive discussion is the lifeblood of a successful project. However, we want to avoid unnecessary discussion and significant
amounts of unnecessary mail that everyone in the community needs to read. so many ASF projects adopt a
shorthand notation for showing support, or otherwise, for a proposal.

## Expressing support (or otherwise)

First of all, it is important to understand that everyone is invited to express
It is important to understand that everyone is invited to express
their opinion of any given action or proposal. Apache projects are community
projects in which no single individual has more power than any other single
individual (except in a very few procedural situations).
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- -1 means "I don't agree and I am offering an alternative that I am able
to help implement"

Many people will use fractions to indicate the strength of their feelings,
e.g. "+0.5". Some will even indicate this is a "no brainer" with something
Many people use fractions to indicate the strength of their feelings,
e.g. "+0.5". Some will even indicate their opinion that the proposal is a "no brainer" with something
like "+1000".

The important thing is that this is not an exact science. It's just a shorthand
This notation is not an exact science. It's just a shorthand
way of communicating strength of feeling.

## Consensus Building is Not Voting
## Consensus building is not voting

The confusing thing about this notation is that it is the same notation
A confusing thing about this notation is that it is the same notation
used in a formal vote. Knowing when something is a vote and when it is a
preference is important. It's easy to tell though, if the subject does not have
"[Vote]" at the start then it's just an opinion. We try not to call votes,
preference is important. It's easy to tell, though: if the subject line of the email thread does not have
"[Vote]" at the start then it's just an opinion. We try not to call votes;
consensus building is much more inclusive.

The reasons for this notation being common is that when someone wants to
summarise a discussion thread they can mentally
add up the strength of feeling of the community and decide if there is consensus
or not.
add up the strength of feeling of the community and decide whether there is consensus.

Once there is a clear consensus members of the community can proceed with
If there is clear consensus in favor of a proposal, members of the community can proceed with
the work under the [lazy consensus][1] model.

[1]: /committers/lazyConsensus.html
[1]: /committers/lazyConsensus.html

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