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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Parking Projects [WAS Re: -1 on this months board report (was: Small but otherwise happy podlings)]
Date Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:57:28 GMT
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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