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From Jochen Wiedmann <>
Subject Re: Subversion full/partial committer (was: Re: an experiment)
Date Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:20:14 GMT
On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 12:11 AM, Greg Stein <> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 18:02, Sanjiva Weerawarana
> <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 11:13 PM, Daniel Shahaf <>wrote:
>>> > When I saw this month's board report for Subversion, I was taken aback
>>> > that the board is expected to follow the terminology used by only one
>>> > project. Really? The board, which has used the same terms for 10++
>>> > years, is now going to hear reports of full committers and partial
>>> > committers? What do we do when another project comes in and uses yet
>>> > different terms for the same concept? Do we now make a translation
>>> > manual for everyone in Apache to use?
>>> >
>>> Subversion *has* used these terms for a few years too.  Should we just
>>> stop using the terms we've used for N years?
>> Yes .. that's part of the price of being in the ASF! We have forced this on
>> other projects many times (including often forcing change of name) and I
>> don't understand why Subversion doesn't need to follow the same processes
>> and terminology. This should've been dealt with during incubation in fact.
> How does naming accomplish the goal of collaborative, consensus-based
> development? I thought that was why we were here. I hadn't heard that
> people and projects had to pay a "price" to be part of the Foundation.


Additionally, I'd like to note that I don't think that these "partial"
committers are so special, apart from the name. I think it goes
without saying that any new committer should restrict himself or
herself initially to only those parts, for which he or she was voted
in. For example, in the case of Commons I hesitate do commit anything
besides Fileupload even after years. The only difference I can see is
that Subversion emphasizes this fact (and possibly enforces it).


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