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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: on "meritocracy"
Date Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:00:20 GMT
Henk P. Penning wrote on 3/24/19 1:29 PM:
>   When using the word 'Meritocracy', is is important to
>   explain on which merits the meritocracy is based :
>   -- community building
>   -- software construction
>   -- whatever

This is the main issue, and one where the traditional ASF usage of
"merit" is subtly different than the dictionary definition:

The ASF meaning of "merit*" is about work done, not characteristics:

"Within the Apache Way, 'your merit' is always about the work you do,
and never about you as an individual. Many newcomers see this at odds
with common conceptions of someone’s merit meaning their character,
their behaviors, their abilities, and past actions."

I agree we need to improve our public presence to better explain "how we
value contributions" (i.e. our meritocracy meaning), since the commonly
understood definition out in the world is different from this.  But my
brain is really tired this month about real life, and the best word I
can come up with is "work-ocracy". which is pretty clumsy.  8-)


- Shane
  Director & Member
  The Apache Software Foundation

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