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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Graduating empire?
Date Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:52:50 GMT
On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:55:01PM +0100, Jukka Zitting wrote:
> In any case it seems like a good idea to impose some sort of soft time limit
> on the continuation strategy.

Prospective podlings are well-advised to consider that if things don't work
out, a project which might have been perfectly viable elsewhere for years to
come will have to deal with both the disruption of a name change and the
stigma of having a big red termination stamp applied by the Incubator PMC.

> [1] http://incubator.apache.org/incubation/Process_Description.html

I've always disliked how that document makes a big deal about termination
reflecting poorly on the project, e.g.:

    If you receive a recommendation for termination then you have a problem.

A podling's contributors put in months or years worth of work donating their
time and creative output to the Foundation, and then on termination, instead
of celebrating what was achieved, we encumber the resumes of our volunteers by
permanently enshrining their project's "problems".

Is it any wonder that podlings linger when we make the alternative so
unpleasant?

Marvin Humphrey


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