h2. The Process in Brief

# A potential new committer is nominated by a member of the community. This should be done publicly on the [fluid-work mailing list|http://fluidproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fluid-work].
# [Current committers|List of Current Fluid Committers] vote privately on the nomination. A private, moderated mailing list, [committers|mailto:committers@fluidproject.org], has been be set up for this purpose. Typical voting rules apply: +1 for agreement; if you vote -1, please include a rationale.
# Not everyone is required to vote, but if you know the nominee's work and code, you are encouraged to vote. Non-votes will be treated as 0.
# The voting period will last for a minimum of a week, or until all current committers have voted.
# If a nomination is denied, a member of the committers group will provide an explanation and coach the candidate on how they may earn commit access in the future.
# If the committer is accepted, they will be given an SVN account and will be subscribed to the [commits mailing list|http://fluidproject.org/mailman/listinfo/commits]. The commits list is public and archived.

h2. Responsibilities of Commit Access
Commit access to the Fluid Project repository is a responsibility. Committers agree to:
* Remain subscribed to the commits mailing list.
* Communicate their progress, designs, and intentions publicly to the fluid-work mailing list.
* Review and comment constructively on code in your area of expertise.
* Vote on new committers whose work your are familiar with.
* Respect boundaries: commit access to the Fluid repository is global. Use it wisely and ask first. Don't commit code to an area that someone else is working on without talking with them about it first.

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The following policies are still in draft form and don't yet apply.

h2. Committer Emeritus
Committers sometimes become inactive for a variety of reasons. To keep the repository secure and to simplify commit access-related processes, inactive committers are given the status of Committer Emeritus. Committer emeriti no longer have accounts to the SVN repository and are not expected to participating in community governance issues. However, if a commiter emeritus returns to the project at a later date and asks for commit access, they can be reinstated without a vote. Committer emeriti are listed on the committer's list as such.

Committers become emeriti either:
* When they request committer emeritus status
* After six months of inactivity