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From Joan Touzet <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache CouchDB Diversity Statement.
Date Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:04:23 GMT
Nice. I personally would still like to see Diversity broken out in a separate document, but
the idea of a charter is very good and this covers a lot of ground.

This also dovetails very nicely with the mentorship ideas I have floated here and on IRC in
the past.

+1, let's do this!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Noah Slater" <>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:50:15 PM
Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] Apache CouchDB Diversity Statement.

I have two things I'd like to add.

1. I'd like to widen this bit and turn it into a PMC charter.
Basically a document that sets out what the PMC values, our commitment
to diversity, and our pledge to the project. It's basically the same
idea, but with a flourishes.

The closest we have to this at the moment is here:;a=blob_plain;f=email/invite_pmc.txt;hb=HEAD

I'd like to improve on this.

2. Technical ability is something I feel very strongly about. We've
made a huge blunder IMO in requiring past contributors to be highly
technical. I would like to introduce and officialise the same policy
as Apache Forrest.


Summary: we recognise merit in four areas:

(Co)mmunity - one must interact with others, and share vision and knowledge
(P)roject - a clear vision and consensus are needed
(Do)cumentation - without it, the stuff remains only in the minds of the authors
(C)ode - discussion goes nowhere without code

I would like to think that we would elect someone who is blogging for
us, or doing marketing, or speaking a lot. These are all important
people, and their importance to the project should be recognised.

It's been about two years since I started pushing on this topic at the
PMC level and there have been big cultural changes. I am confident
that I could elect people with contributions in any of these areas.
But I want to make it official.

This is what we value. This is what we will recognise. Our promise to
the community.

Noah Slater

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