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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: The podling initial committers issue
Date Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:29:26 GMT
On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM, Martijn Dashorst
<martijn.dashorst@gmail.com> wrote:

> Perhaps the initial committers list should be split into two:
>
>  - interested developers
>  - initial committers
>
> This way a podling can engage with the interested developers and
> quickly form an (expanded) community. IMO when an existing project
> comes in, the initial committers list should consist of the original
> committers. Anyone interested should be added to interested
> developers.
>
> Empty, new proposals can either start with a list of initial
> committers or with a list of interested developers who get voted in by
> the mentors as they engage in a community on dev@.
> Existing projects can add new interested developers to either list,
> depending on what their preference is. I'd expect Apache committers
> with no prior stake in the project to explicitly ask to be listed as
> merely an interested developer and earn their merit through
> contribution rather than moving directly to committership.

+1

Adding an "Interested Developers" section is an improvement over the patch to
the proposal template suggested at the top of the thread because it gives
newcomers a way to express interest and the proposed podling a way to say
"Thanks!  I've added you..." instead of "Thanks but...".

The new section should contain a note guiding interested parties to send email
to general@incubator asking to be added.

Martijn's suggestion preserves the best aspects of "open enrollment" while
appropriately delaying delicate discussions about meritocracy and openness
until incubation is underway.

Marvin Humphrey

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