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From "Mattmann, Chris A (388J)" <>
Subject Re: Parking Projects [WAS Re: -1 on this months board report (was: Small but otherwise happy podlings)]
Date Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:04:27 GMT
You didn't annoy me Benson, I think you're spot on, +1.


On Jan 15, 2012, at 9:57 AM, Benson Margulies wrote:

> I would appreciate it if the participants in this discussion would be
> really clear about their views about several different podling
> profiles.
> a: A reasonably diverse group of 5-7 people start a podling. A year
> later, they've made a release or two, but no one new has turned up.
> Mentors attest to good community behavior, openness to patches -- just
> no one who has done enough to be added to the group. In other words,
> all good as a prospective TLP except that they've never been through
> the process of adding someone.
> b: A group of 3-4, otherwise the same as (a). Thus, a risk of falling
> below critical mass.
> c: not even enough people to be a TLP by any stretch of the imagination.
> I would say, with all respect to Ant, that the Foundation clearly has
> not put the IPMC in the business of hosting tiny projects like (c).
> The term 'failure' applies after some period of time. If folks wish
> that the foundation had a place for such a project, I would submit
> that this would be a discussion to have with the board as to what that
> place might be and how it might work. Otherwise, Joe's views seem
> entirely on point.
> I think that it would be a good idea to emphasize in the discussion of
> prospective podlings with small initial groups. If it's really clear
> from the outset that a failure to grow in 12 months or so will mean an
> exit, then it will be easier on everyone.
> I know that some people feel that (a) podlings can just graduate,
> period. If there are people who disagree, I'd like to know, because it
> will allow me to give better advice to Accumulo.
> If I sadly succeed in merely annoying anyone with this post, I'll set
> my go-away timer for several weeks.
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Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

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