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restic project governance


The restic project uses a governance model commonly described as Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL). This document outlines our understanding of what this means. It is derived from the i3 window manager project governance.


  • user: anyone who interacts with the restic project
  • core contributor: a handful of people who have contributed significantly to the project by any means (issue triage, support, documentation, code, etc.). Core contributors are recognizable via GitHubs "Member" badge.
  • Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL): a single individual who makes decisions when consensus cannot be reached. restic's current BDFL is @fd0.

Decision making process

In general, we try to reach consensus in discussions. In case consensus cannot be reached, the BDFL makes a decision.

Contribution process

The contribution process is described in a separate document called CONTRIBUTING.