It would be great if the plugin would create a VOTE.txt file based on the template http://commons.apache.org/releases/prepare.html
First, we should resolve whether or not we want the site to be copied as a zip file or as an uncompressed folder on dev.
The steps would be, first create the release candidate. Normally, releasing an RC is done with our new Commons Release plugin:
Then create the release notes, right now, with what I have, you can test like this
Using a goal prefix should work after the release:
This creates a VOTE.txt file in the root folder of the project.
I am currently testing this with Commons Collections.