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From Klaus Trainer <>
Subject Re: Suggestion: a few more details in new committer emails
Date Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:46:18 GMT
+1 for asking new committers to introduce themselves

On 07.11.2014 10:13, Andy Wenk wrote:
> Hey Dirkjan,
> thanks a lot for your input. I personally think it's a great idea to add
> some info to the email for announcing a new committer. One other idea, and
> I would prefer this, is to ask the new committers to introduce them selfs
> after they have been announced. The ASF is doing this similarly with new
> members and it's a great way to get to know what people are doing. We would
> ask the committers in the done_committer email:
> . Here is a very quick draft:
> "The community would like to know a bit about you. Please write a short
> email to [which lists?] and introduce yourself. Here is a list with some
> points you could cover:
> * in which areas do you contribute to CouchDB
> * what are your interests in IT
> * anything else you would like the community know about you
> "
> The fact, that the announcement email is solely sent to dev@ is also not
> really clear to me (and I stumbled over it while sending the announcement
> of Javier ;-) ). I think this is done because dev@ is still the biggest
> list and also the main list (historically in all ASF projects). I suggest
> to change this because we do have committers not only (and also not at all)
> committing code. So - maybe I will be mobbed for this :) - why not sending
> to all lists?
> We do also announce new committers via the social media channels and also
> in the weekly news. But still - we should change the announcement
> recipients.
> All the best
> Andy
> On 7 November 2014 09:31, Dirkjan Ochtman <> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I wanted to suggest that, in the emails announcing new committers, one
>> or two sentences could describe in what area the new committer has
>> been contributing. The emails currently feel pretty bland to me, and
>> adding a little personal content couldn't hurt. Another thing to add
>> could be how they are related to CouchDB (e.g. if they're contributing
>> on behalf of their employer, if they're using CouchDB or a related
>> project for some interesting project of their own).
>> Another, related problem with the emails that I see: though I'm no
>> longer closely tracking what's happening in the broader CouchDB
>> ecosystem, it feels weird to me that the announcements happen on the
>> dev@ list, when some of the committers being announced have ostensibly
>> never even sent a single email there. I don't really have a suggestion
>> for solving this.
>> Cheers,
>> Dirkjan

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