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From John Kinsella <...@stratosec.co>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] proposal to select a mascot for Apache CloudStack while in Incubation
Date Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:19:54 GMT
Sounds good - less than a week for submissions (I'm presuming PPMC approval will take a day
or two) seems tight...but if this goes the way paper submissions go, 80% of the submissions
will be on the last day, anyways. Just need to make sure we get the word out to folks.

John

On Apr 24, 2012, at 12:09 PM, Peder Ulander wrote:

> Now that CloudStack is an Apache incubation project, it feels like it
> should have a mascot to help establish its own unique identity, similar to
> the Hadoop elephant, Linux penguin and Tomcat um, cat.
> 
> 
> 
> I’d like to propose we do this in a way that allows the community to
> solicit ideas of for the mascot, then to vote on the final winner from a
> list of candidates.  The idea is pretty simple:
> 
> 
> 
> a)      Put out a “call for submissions” and ask community members [you] to
> reply with their thoughts on what “Cloudy” should look like, and why. For
> example, a submission might say “I would design Cloudy as two lightning
> bolts with a blue cloud behind them. This would represent the scalability
> and power of CloudStack to build real production clouds.” (Note that I’ve
> been referring to the mascot as “Cloudy”, but if people have better ideas
> for the name, they could suggest that as well.)
> 
> 
> 
> b)      Have an independent designer read all the inputs, and create a
> series of cool design options based on the community input.
> 
> 
> 
> c)        Put up a website where everyone can vote on the best option. I’d
> propose we do it as a tournament style bracket where the mascots face off
> against each other, with the winners moving on based on community votes
> until we have a final winner.
> 
> 
> 
> I’ve talked with the Citrix team about this. They agree with the goal and
> are very supportive of making sure CloudStack looks and feels like a true
> Apache project, not a commercial Citrix product. They have even volunteered
> to fund the designer and website (these would not be done by Citrix
> employees or have any Citrix branding – they’re only offering to fund them
> to help the goal of Apache CloudStack establishing its own identity and
> doing so in a fun, engaging way.)
> 
> 
> 
> The final decision, of course, would need to be ratified by the PPMC, so
> after the community votes, we can take a vote in the PPMC to ratify their
> selection. Would be a simple up or down vote to accept the entry with the
> most votes.
> 
> 
> 
> Proposed timeline:
> 
> 
> 
> ·         “Call for Submissions” to be sent out to cloudstack-dev as soon
> as the PPMC approves this proposal
> 
> ·         Submissions would be due by the end of the month (April 30)
> 
> ·         Give the independent designer a week to do the designs
> 
> ·         Launch the voting website at the beginning of the following week
> (May 7)
> 
> ·         Let the voting run for a couple of weeks, depending on how many
> options are in the brackets
> 
> ·         After the voting is complete, put the winning mascot choice out
> to PPMC for up/down vote to ratify (mid-to-late May)
> 
> 
> 
> Feels like this would be a fun and engaging way to begin establishing a
> unique identity for CloudStack that’s clearly and visually independent from
> Citrix, and do it in a fun, engaging way that involves the broader
> community. Time is short, but if we keep to the above timeline, we could
> get the voting site up and running before the Citrix Synergy conference,
> which I think would be good for community optics. If folks like the general
> idea, we could call for a PPMC vote to move forward quickly.
> 
> 
> 
> Peder

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