Are we talking about only the rawhide updates or an ultimate policy for all supported releases? Because I doubt that there can be any common ground between all releases of fedora.
As far as my understanding goes:
- rawhide is where the actual development and forward thinking process is located. This platform has to be of the adventurous kind because otherwise no real progress would be made.
- Fn is what could be considered the common users choice is where blood is traded for a bit of stability and new features can wait a bit if the risk of breakage is that high.
- Fn-1 is probably the least active distribution where all updates are stable and focus on security patching and possibly hardware support.
Apparently you can't (or shouldn't) enforce the same policy on all distributions because then there would not be a reason to have three of them and ultimately fedora would turn into a rolling release of some sort (conservative or adventurous).
If you really want to have a three release scheme what should be done is to orient each release to the particular user group it targets. so you would have the rawhide for the users that actually understand what they are doing and like to play back and forth with updates that don't work. Fn for the intermediate user who can find his way around undoing something that went wrong and Fn-1 for the rest of the world who count on a platform that has a low chance of breaking.
How this can be described in a software release policy I don't know. Nor is it certain that such a distinction is possible taking into account that developers would probably need to monitor multiple versions of their software and that such a thing might be counter productive.
Having such a scheme with clear guidelines about what is happening in each release a new user could easily choose the right version for him and would probably stick with it increasing the userbase. Also having stated the properties of each release clearly you might also get around the fact of people installing rawhide (expecting the magical desktop) as a main OS and then whining about how the bad yum update destroyed their nice setup.
Apparently (due to plain noobiness) I am a bit confused about the whole matter and doubt that I actually understand the magnitude of the issue. So I choose not to vote for the poll since that would be ridiculous.