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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: GSoC & Temporary commit access accounts
Date Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:34:19 GMT
On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 16:55, Benson Margulies <> wrote:
>> Personally I feel that GSoC students should earn commit access just
>> like anyone else.
> I have a lot of sympathy for Greg's position. Treating 'committer' as
> a single monolithic category drives people away.

Right. It is necessary to distinguish between "commit access [to a
branch]" and "commit access [to trunk]". I fully concur that access to
trunk follows the same pattern as regular committers. GSoC students
have no elevated rights.

However, I think providing a GSoC student with commit to a branch is
an easy decision, and that it should be the default policy. (for the
reasons listed in my previous note)

[ next part strays from the GSoC discussion ]
> should have to. I'd be happy to see the foundation endorse the idea
> that a PMC can choose to grant commit karma to branches, in a trial
> basis, to people who have submitted a suitable cla. That would not
> given them nexus karma, web-site-editing karma, or dogma karma.

The Subversion PMC has an operating rule that basic states, "any
individual PMC member may grant commit access to a non-trunk area, to
a developer with an ICLA on file". There is a subjective level to
this: does it clearly make sense (say, a branch), or might it be a
little controversial (say, the directory for the 'svn' command-line
tool). For the latter, we encourage the Member to float the idea on
private@ first. But we don't have a strict written policy here; good
judgement is always a great replacement for more rules :-)

I would very much encourage other PMCs to adopt similar policies.
Again, with version control, the phrase "damage control" almost
doesn't apply.


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