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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "December2018" by JeffFeng
Date Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:32:10 GMT
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The "December2018" page has been changed by JeffFeng:

  * Discussions happening offline from email - The email
list has not been very active as a channel of discussion.  To be clear, this is both a result
of 1) when the list started, GitHub spammed the email list with notifications and our hypothesis
is that many people filtered this email alias 2) the Apache email list does not support images
making it challenging to support a project that is UI-heavy as a tool for data visualization
and 3) other communication channels are being used to compliment the email list.  On #3, there
is an open bi-weekly meeting for contributors and committers to discuss issues (no decisions
are made here - please see the update on SIPs in the project development section) and while
the link to the Google Doc with the notes was posted to the
email list, we could have done a better job of posting the notes from the meetings and we
recognize that it is more challenging for some community members who live in other timezones
to participate.  There are also two reasonably active forums for live discussions (Slack Group and Gitter Channel however,
we now know that casual conversations should only happen on these channels and that the majority
of the discussion needs to happen via email.  As a next step, we will have an initial meeting
with the Mentors, PPMC and Committers on Thursday, December 13th to figure out what it takes
to address this issue and help get the project on track.  We will also use this meeting as
an opportunity to align across the PPMC and Committers about our obligations and responsibilities
as well as to receive coaching from our Mentors on the Apache Way.
  * Unapproved releases - Currently, committers working on the project have not been following
the proper procedures in discussing the content of releases on the
email list nor have we been consistent in bringing releases to a vote.  This negatively impacts
the ability of other community members to participate.  We were uncertain how to manage the
LICENSE/COPYRIGHT files and how they relate to convenience releases and we have struggled
to understand how to proceed with the name search requirement.  That said, it doesn’t justify
pushing a release forward and at a minimum we will discontinue this practice.  We will also
discuss this with our Mentors on 12/13 to receive coaching on this topic.
  * As mentioned earlier, having an Apache email list that doesn’t support images makes
it very challenging for our project.  We would be interested to know if the ASF Infrastructure
Team has any plans to address this.
+ * We currently only have 3 active PMCs (1 inactive).  We should strive to add more PMCs
to the project.
  How has the community developed since the last report?

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