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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Followup to VXQuery July 2013 report
Date Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:46:36 GMT
On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM, Dave Fisher <dave2wave@comcast.net> wrote:
> I even asked a technical question about one of their suggested use cases -
> organize and accessing Edgar documents. A source I have actually worked
> with. Company data is something I've been around all my life and I am in my
> 50s. I grew up around company data since my father was a Finance Professor
> at the University of Chicago and one of the founders of CRSP. My development
> career also involves managing and analyzing company data.

Apache doesn't gate projects based on technological criteria, so while it's
regretful that VXQuery didn't work out for you, that doesn't impact whether
we'd host it.

> But you should also look back to over a year ago when they got another
> chance. How many another chances and mentor reboots should we give a
> project?

I'm starting to think that for long-running, low-activity podlings, we should
be looking at whether new committers and PPMC members are being added and are
sticking around to contribute commits.  If community size and commit diversity
are what's blocking graduation, the podling needs to demonstrate that they are
striving to make progress on those specific issues.

In VXQuery's case, though, they still have to get the incubating release out.
To my mind, any podling that achieves that has succeeded -- and even if it
doesn't go on to amass a viable TLP community, the podling has earned a
dignified retirement.

Marvin Humphrey

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