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From ant elder <>
Subject Re: GSoC & Temporary commit access accounts
Date Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:03:30 GMT
On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 1:34 AM, Greg Stein <> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> -g

I agree with Greg and the others in favour of keeping it easy to get
write access, and i really like the Subversion PMC approach.

I don't understand the mindset that commit access should be hard to
get or something that must be worked hard to earn. Most project i
watch don't find it that easy to attract new developers so when one
does turn up i think its better to be open and welcoming and not be
like "thanks but earn you place first" which is more likely to just
discourage them.


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