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From Josh Elser <els...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Becoming a Committer
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:27:49 GMT
On 9/20/17 10:54 PM, Mike Drob wrote:
> The original impetus for me to ask the community about this came when a
> junior coworker asked me nearly the same question: "Hey, you're a
> committer, I'm interested in becoming a committer too, what should I do?"
> Telling him to act like a committer was helpful but not definitively so,
> because it begs the next question of how does a committer act. I realized
> that I had vague anecdotal answers - submit patches, do reviews,
> participate on the mailing lists, etc. - but I had could provide no
> assurances that my list would be complete or ordered correctly.

These are all on my "list". I think the beauty of the ASF is that the 
ordering doesn't have to be fixed -- we all have differing priorities 
and that helps us build software that works (e.g. some are good are 
architecting new features, some are good at testing/failure-proofing, 
and others are good at documentation/user-communication).

If I could add to/expand on your list:

* Meaningful participation in DISCUSS'ions
* Meaningful testing/vetting of release candidates
* Voluntarily taking up work that people ask for help on (not just doing 
things they found on their own)
* A generally pleasant demeanor and steady interactions with the community

Currently (this changes for me over time), I consider the bar quite low 
with respect to technical necessity for committership. As long as 
someone isn't repeatedly causing more work for existing committers, I 
think there are many avenues to show worth/value to the community that 
would lead to being trusted with extra responsibilities.

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