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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: What is a healthy community? WAS: log4net 1.2.9 beta release
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 17:37:19 GMT
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Ceki Gülcü wrote:
> 
> What is so special about the number 3? What's wrong with 5 committers? With 
> 4? With 2? With 1?

Nothing is wrong with 5, or 47.  Those are good things.  However,
a project with 1 or 2 committers doesn't have a development
community.

Three favourable votes being required for passage of a significant
action or event is one of the basic aspects of how Apache projects do
things.  There's nothing that says there can't be *more* than three
positive votes, but something that doesn't garner at *least* three
is considered non-viable.

> I won't make any empty promises here. I don't think the LS PMC could take 
> over log4x code if the current contributors stopped working on it.

How many contributors are there total?

> 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?

IMHO, 'sustainable' means possessing a viable and active development
community.  Neither of the examples you give qualifies to my mind.
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Ken Coar, Sanagendamgagwedweinini  http://Ken.Coar.Org/
Author, developer, opinionist      http://Apache-Server.Com/

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