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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Jr. Mentor role
Date Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:57:35 GMT
On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM, Roman Shaposhnik <rvs@apache.org> wrote:
> IPMC, on the other hand, feels different since, practically speaking, the
> accumulation of the kind of merit IPMC cares for require *some* level
> of IPMC karma already.

There is an open question currently lingering on general@incubator from the
JSPWiki folks about whether content from jspwiki.org of uncertain provenance
may be migrated to Apache servers.  To respond to this question -- possibly
with a speculative, partial answer -- you don't need to be an IPMC member.
You just need some amount of familiarity with Apache policy and licensing in
general, or the willingness to go acquire it.

The most straightforward way to contribute to the Incubator is to field
questions, either on general@incubator or on podling dev lists.  If the
questions are challenging and require that you go spelunk some Apache
documentation or mailing list archives, so much the better -- the research is
its own reward.

Other straightforward ways to contribute include reviewing releases and
working on the Incubator's documentation.

None of these activities require IPMC karma.

I can think of four people who were voted onto the IPMC in the last couple
years after making contributions to the Incubator at large: Dave Fisher, Karl
Wright, Matthew Franklin, and myself.  Dave, Matt and I are still active in
the Incubator; all of us are highly active and successful at Apache.

Personally, I regard the Incubator as a fascinating project in its own right,
solving hard problems in open source.  Others might have a different
perspective or a more narrow interest.  Regardless of motivation, podling
contributors do themselves and their projects a world of good when they reach
out across the Incubator, communicating and collaborating with other
podlings -- and I look forward to recognizing the merit of such contributors,
because the Incubator succeeds when they succeed.

Marvin Humphrey

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