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From "Ross Gardler (MS OPEN TECH)" <>
Subject RE: Process over Ego [Was: Re: Incubator report sign-off
Date Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:12:38 GMT
Inviting those people to become members is a good idea (and in fact was agreed a long time
ago when we brought the first non-members into the IPMC). I think we have a number of members
now who started out as IPMC members. It is clear (at least to me) that anyone who proves themselves
to be a good mentor should be a Member.

However, you can't "promote" people to ComDev. ComDev is a project like any other. If folks
want to show up there and do work they will be welcomed like any other volunteer. However,
we can't assume that people signing up to the IPMC are also interested in the work ComDev
do. At this time ComDev is *not* responsible for incubation processes, the IPMC is.

Of course what ComDev does is dependent on who shows up there to help. The idea of moving
incubation to ComDev has been discussed many times (or more accurately the maintenance of
the incubation process and docs). However, to date nobody has joined ComDev to make it happen
and the existing ComDev team signed up for a different purpose.

As for the board "ignoring the problem" it should be understood the board have delegated the
incubation process to the IPMC. It is the IPMC that need to solve the problem - not the board.
However, lets not pretend the board are "ignoring" things. Take a look at who it is that brings
this up every x months. It's always the board.

Now, if the current chair and the IPMC really feels that disbanding the IPMC is the right
solution then submit a resolution to do so. That will make it a board problem, until then
it is an IPMC problem.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Roman Shaposhnik
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 8:25 PM
Subject: Re: Process over Ego [Was: Re: Incubator report sign-off

On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Mattmann, Chris A (3980) <>
> So, promote those 20 people to ComDev PMC, promote them to ASF 
> members, promote them however, my guess is that they *care* about the 
> foundation; we want these people helping new projects, and they will 
> continue to help those new projects - along with the board - along 
> with everyone else.

Thank you! Thank you for saying out loud what has become painfully obvious for me during the
course of my tenure as an IPMC Chair.

Personally, I see this as the only *honest* way forward. But I guess, IPMC has become too
convenient a way for everybody to ignore the real problem. Including, I am sorry to say this,
the board itself.

I think it is time we address it instead of blindly going through the motions.


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