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  • Any besu contributor may bring forth the need for an off-cycle release
    • including justification of why the release is warranted
    • via the besu-contributors channel in Discord
  • Ideally, consensus is reached
  • Scope for the release also needs to be agreed.
    • via the besu-release channel in Discord
  • If the contributor that brought forth the need has the support of one external group (defined as a contributor outside of their own organization, i.e. ConsenSys), the release can continue at an agreed upon time
  • If no consensus is reached after 24 hours, a singular organization or group of contributors may propose a release, and request approval following normal PR review process
  • Ideally, consensus is reached. Allow a 48 hour voting period to allow for objections. 
    • Justification must be given if objecting to the release
    • If there are no objections, the release can continue at an agreed upon time.
    • Any objection and the justification given must be seriously considered and weighed against the reasons for the release.
    • This discussion must happen in the besu-release channel in Discord.

Justification for release (examples)

  • critical bug affecting a number of users which requires a patch
  • regular release process will not address the issue in time

Justification for objection (examples)

  • technology X introduced is bad for Y reasons