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From Rodney Waldhoff <rwaldh...@apache.org>
Subject [PROPOSAL] emeritus committers?
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2003 17:38:11 GMT
There is a perception in some circles that Jakarta as a whole, and Jakarta
Commons in particular, is too large for sufficient PMC oversight.   In my
opinion, particularly with respect to Jakarta Commons, this is not the
case, but one way to combat that perception is to recognize that although
the CVS avail file lists 72 committers for the jakarta-commons repository
(see http://cvs.apache.org/~rwaldhoff/jakarta/jakarta-committers.html),
not all of those folks are actively working in Jakarta Commons anymore.
Removing inactive committers from the avail file (and naming them emeritus
committers) is one way to recognize that fact.

The jakarta guidelines state "At times, Committers may go inactive for a
variety of reasons. A Committer that has been inactive for 6 months or
more may lose their status as a Committer. Getting access back is as
simple as re-requesting it on the project's Developer mailing list."
<http://jakarta.apache.org/site/roles.html>

The following 16 folks are listed in the CVS avail file, but have not made
any commits in the past year (since 13 Nov 2002):

amamment - Arun Mammen Thomas
arron - Arron Bates
conor - Conor MacNeill
dsale - Doug Sale
dwinterfeldt - David Winterfeldt
hammant - Paul Hammant
husted - Ted Husted
jariw - jariw AT hyperlink-interactive DOT co DOT uk
jefft - Jeff Turner
marcsaeg - Marc Saegesser
mas - Michael Smith
nacho - Ignacio J. Ortega
noel - Noel J. Bergman
paulo - Paulo Gaspar
serge - Serge Knystautas
vmassol - Vincent Massol

It may be that some of these folks have been "active" in non-CVS ways, for
instance, by posting to the commons-user or commons-dev lists, I haven't
checked (nor am I exactly sure how I could programmaticly check that).

Removing those 16 would reduce the number of active committers to 56, a
more that 20% reduction in the perceived size of jakarta-commons (by that
metric at least).

Just to clarify, I have no issues with any or all of those folks
maintaining access to the jakarta-commons CVS module, nor is this some
sort of judgment of a lack of activity (indeed there are a number of folks
on that list that I have a lot of respect for).  Rather, this is a
recognition that those folks have moved on for the time being and an
attempt to make the perceived size of Jakarta Commons more accurately
reflect the reality of the matter.  As the guidelines state, a simple post
to commons-dev would be all that is needed to restore direct CVS access
and reverse the inactive status.

The Proposal:

Unless anyone on that list wants to declare themselves "active" right now
(or someone else can vouch for some sort of commons related activity in
the past year or so), let's invoke that paragraph of the jakarta
guidelines and declare these folks "inactive" committers.  Specifically,
let's:

(1) remove those folks from the avail file and

(2) add an "emeritus committers" page (or section of some existing page)
to the jakarta-commons website that acknowledges their contributions and
indicates the mechanism by which they can once again get CVS access.

-- 
- Rod <http://radio.weblogs.com/0122027/>

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