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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <di...@webweaving.org>
Subject RE: What is a healthy community? WAS: log4net 1.2.9 beta release
Date Mon, 14 Mar 2005 11:51:11 GMT


On Mon, 14 Mar 2005, Ceki Gülcü wrote:

> What is so special about the number 3? What's wrong with 5 committers? With
> 4? With 2? With 1?
..
> Does "sustainable" necessarily mean 3 or more committers? Is a project with
> a single committer yet consistent committer less viable than a project with
> 30 disillusioned and inactive committters?

Well - with just one commiter

->	for sure no oversight.

->	for sure an issue if he or she gets hit by a bus, a baby,
	whatever.

and it is very questionable if what that group produces is an ASF
community product.

Two is more than one - but it is at only three that group dynamics first
start to kick in. And it is that group dynamic which is vital in building
and maintaining a community.

Sure 5 or 15 is even better - but if you have to draw a line - 3 is as low
as you can go.

> a single committer yet consistent committer less viable than a project with
> 30 disillusioned and inactive committters?

Both should, and will, ultimately be garbage collected.

Dw

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