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From "Joey Echeverria" <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Do we want contributors assigning to themselves?
Date Thu, 15 May 2014 13:54:52 GMT
I like that flow.

I'm very much against not letting contributors assign tickets. If you have a problem with
"old" contributors "stealing" tickets from new contributors, then that needs to be handled
with best practices documentation and/or explicit coaching. Locking down who can assign tickets
is a poor way of managing a misbehaving community. As we grow the community, we need to give
more opportunities for contributors to show their judgement on both technical and project
decisions. Holding back the ability to assign tickets makes that more difficult.

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM, Sean Busbey <> wrote:

> We don't have a formal onboarding process for drawing in new contributors,
> but a recent ASF Infra change impacts what I've observed historically.
> Here's what I've seen historically, more or less:
> 1) Someone expresses interest in a ticket
> 2) PMC/committers add them to the list of contributors in jira
> 3) respond to interest informing person of this change and encouraging them
> to assign the ticket to themselves
> 4) work happens on ticket
> 5) review/commit happens eventually
> 6) If contributor wants, added to website
> 7) contributor thanked and encouraged to find more tickets to assign to
> themselves.
> Due to a request from Spark, the ASF Jira got changed to default to not
> allow contributors to assign tickets[1].
> Before I speak for the PMC and file a follow on to change things back, I
> just wanted a gut check that we like the above as a general approach.
> [1]:
> -- 
> Sean
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