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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Project Management Roles
Date Wed, 26 Apr 2006 09:49:08 GMT
David Crossley wrote:
> An idea has occurred to me recently. Each of you will see
> parts of your recent statements and ideas incorporated.
> Let us discuss this and see if it would work for us.

I have no problem with this formalisation of *volunteer* roles. In fact, 
it isn't really any different from what we are already doing, other than 
someone takes a "title". I could easily put a name against each of the 
roles you identify and there would only be a small number of committers 
in there (and Davids name appears far too frequently for the projects 
health or for his own health).

It would be great if this resulted in the jobs being shared around more 
effectively, and being clearly documented.

David states that he thinks having a title may make people more 
confident in their participation - I say it can't hurt to try. 
Nevertheless, we need to be aware of the flip side of this coin: having 
a title implies that one is not responsible for other activities. David 
does make it clear that this is not the intention, and that everyone 
should contribute where they can, regardless of their title.

So I am cautiously in favour, but...

Will I be willing to take an official role in this way?


Why not?

I feel I already do far too much around here, as do a small handful of 
others. I would prefer to keep my existing role of "doing what *I* need 
to be done", I assure you I will do far more that way.

Does this mean I won't do work on any of these roles? Of course not, I 
think I have participated in every one of those roles in some way. I 
will continue to do so, but not at the expense of my own free time.


So, in summary -

I am perfectly comfortable with others taking these roles if the 
community wishes to introduce them. I will remain as a "jack of all 
trades" member of the community and help out in whatever role needs me 
at any particular time (assuming that I have the spare cycles to do so).

I guess this is a clear case of +0 if it comes to a vote.


A final observation -

All of the roles (except perhaps the Forrest Friday coordinator) are 
project focused, not community focused. I thought a healthy community 
just looks after the code as a side effect of its existence - perhaps 
there should be more roles focused on community development, for 
example, committer proposer, user education, new committer mentor.


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