Stan Governance

There is a notion of maintainer which was described in Fogel is committer + people who clearly should to be able to vote but don’t commit.

I avoided the maintainer proposal because then we need to discuss who is such a person, inclusion criteria etc… and I am assuming that the current set of committers will have the wisdom to add in maintainers once it is up and functioning if need be which I expect will happen.

So I am going for a minimal governance proposal that should be good enough to bootstrap the process. I get that committers look like an odd set of persons defined by a github DB but presumably if one is trusted to commit to the archive then you have demonstrated good judgement at some point and demonstrated a substantial interest in Stan. Committers are also the governing body for a bunch of successful open source projects–I am trying to apply some best practices as reported by Fogel.