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From "P. Taylor Goetz" <ptgo...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Pony Mail into the Apache Incubator
Date Tue, 24 May 2016 23:59:29 GMT
+1 (binding)

-Taylor

> On May 24, 2016, at 1:56 AM, Daniel Gruno <humbedooh@apache.org> wrote:
> 
> Since it seems the discussion has died down, I am now calling a vote on
> accepting Pony Mail into the Incubator. Sorry in advance for potato.
> 
> This vote will run for the usual 72 hours.
> 
> ################### PROPOSAL BELOW ###################
> 
> Abstract
> 
> Pony Mail is a mail-archiving, archive viewing, and interaction service,
> that can be integrated with many email platforms.
> 
> Proposal
> 
> Background
> 
> Pony Mail began as a response to two things; the lack of diversity in
> mailing list archives that are less bureaucratic all-or-nothing and more
> fluid way to interact with mailing lists than what is typically offered,
> and the lack of a performant system that solves this issue. Modern users
> of software want to jump right into a discussion they see, but cannot
> normally do so in a mailing list driven environment because of the rules
> generally surrounding said environment. Pony Mail, along with a select
> handful of newer archive systems, provides an interface that allows
> people to just hop into a thread, and take part. Without the need to
> subscribe, download the mbox archive, load it into your MTA, and respond.
> 
> As Rich writes in a very short essay:
> 
> You see a thread in which someone is WRONG ON THE INTERNET! You need to
> correct them. How do you do this today? You kinda don't. If you really
> wanted, you could download mbox files (and who the hell knows where they
> are?) and then try to get them into your mail client (which never works)
> and then reply to it. Which will break threading, because you did
> something wrong. Then you tear out your hair. PONY MAIL TO THE RESCUE!!!
> (sound of hoof beats)
> 
> Rationale
> 
> One of the oft-heard complaints about Apache's development model is that
> mailing lists are an old person's tool, and web-based communication -
> forums - are the way to go in the 21st Century. Providing a
> full-featured forum-like interface to mailing lists is one goal,while
> keeping all of the enormous benefits that mailing lists already provide.
> Asecond goal is to provide the ability to "jump in" to a mailing list
> conversation - even one that was a while back, without the convolutions
> that a mailing list requires. That is, to join this conversation the old
> way, one would have had to subscribe to the mailing list, download an
> mbox, and import it into ones mail client, in order that I be able to
> reply to this message with correct threading. With Pony Mail, one has to
> do none of those things, but can simply reply using the Web UI. To us,
> this is a HUGE benefit for building community. The requirement to jump
> through hoops to join a mailing list conversation drives away a lot of
> people (at least, anecdotally, it does) and if we can remove that
> barrier I think we'll have an easier time of drawing a new generation
> into our projects.
> 
> Initial Goals
> 
> The initial goals of transitioning to the ASF is to expand and grow both
> the Pony codebase and community, and ensure the project's continued
> growth and stability through forming a diverse and reliable community,
> in which the various facets of developers and contributors help keep the
> project up to date with latest developments and technical as well as
> social needs.
> 
> Current Status
> 
>    Meritocracy:
> 
> The bulk of the code has been written by Daniel Gruno to date, but has
> had oversight from other committers, and mentors.
> 
>    All members of the Pony project and wider community have a deep
> understanding and appreciation for the ASF meritocracy ideals, and are
> almost solely current ASF Members.
> 
>    Community:
>        The community is currently heavily focused within the ASF, and
> more specifically the Infrastructure group. This is to be expected given
> the nature of how the code came into existence in the first place. It
> should be noted that we have started reaching out to other groups who we
> know are using mailing list systems and therefore also rely on mailing
> list archive interfaces.
> 
>    Core Developers:
> 
> Almost all core developers are ASF members, and are already intimately
> familiar with the Apache Way.
> 
>    Alignment:
> 
> Pony will be very in line with ASF practices and processes as many of
> the founding members are long term ASF members and committers.
> 
> Known Risks
> 
>    Orphaned products:
> 
> We are not aware of any issues with orphaned products related to this
> project.
> 
>    Pony Mail relies on a set of CSS3 templates as well as some very stable
>        programming languages. We have no reason to believe these would
> be orphaned or, should they become orphaned, that it would impact the
> development of the project.
> 
>    Inexperience with Open Source:
>        Most of the current committers are already ASF members and
> committers, we do not believe there to be any concerns around OSS
> inexperience.
> 
>    Homogenous Developers:
>        While the current mix of people involved in the project spans
> several continents with a wide variety of skills and experience, a long
> standing relation with the ASF applies to all committers (even the
> non-ASF people in this proposal are intimately familiar with the ASF),
> and we believe there to be a very homogeneous culture in terms of
> development, IP and release processes.
> 
>    Reliance on Salaried Developers:
>        While two of the committers in this project are salaried
> developers with regards to Pony, the project was founded outside of
> corporate interests, and is primarily driven by people either working
> for or with ties to non-profit
> 
>        organisations.
>        We see no issues regarding possible strong-arming or otherwise
> skewing project focus, nor do we believe that absence of salaries would
> deter people from committing to this project.
> 
>    Relationships with Other Apache Products:
>        Pony Mail uses at least Apache HTTPd with mod_lua as its
> end-user facing delivery mechanism. Many of the commiters are also
> involved with this PMC.
> 
>        Pony also utilises ElasticSearch which is based on Lucene.
> 
> Documentation
> 
>    Documentation will initially be in the source tree, and be part of
> the initial code inclusion.
> 
> Initial Source
> 
>    The initial source was written under the Apache License v/2.0 from
> the beginning, and is available at:
> 
>    https://github.com/Quenda/ponymail
> 
> Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
> 
>    We know of no legal encumberments in the way of transfer of source
> to Apache. Portions of the software (sans dependencies) is already owned
> by the ASF, other portions privately, but it will be granted to the ASF
> in its entirety.
> 
> External Dependencies:
> 
>    ElasticSearch backend (Apache License v/2.0)
>    Apache HTTP Server front-end with mod_lua loaded (Apache License
> v/2.0 for httpd, MIT for Lua)
>    Python 3.x for importing/archiving (PSF License)
>    Lua 5.1 or 5.2 + lua-cjson (MIT License, lua-cjson is optional)
>    Bootstrap/JQuery (MIT License)
> 
> Cryptography Pony employs no cryptography other than what TLS-enabled
> web sites served by HTTPd might use.
> 
> Required Resources:
> 
>    Mailing lists:It would be rude not too, given this project should
> archive them.
> 
>    Subversion Directory:Nope
> 
>    Git Repositories:
>        - incubator-ponymail.git - incubator-ponymail-site.git
> 
>    Issue Tracking: JIRA or GitHub Issues
> 
>    Other Resources: Dev stack, PoC Stack, HipChat Channel
> 
> Initial Committers
> 
>    Daniel Gruno < humbedooh@apache.org >
> 
>    Tony Stevenson < pctony@apache.org >
> 
>    Richard Bowen < rbowen@apache.org >
> 
>    Ulises Beresi < ulises.cervino@gmail.com >
> 
>    David P Kendal < apache@dpk.io >
> 
>    Francesco Chicchiriccò - < ilgrosso@apache.org >
> 
>    Sam Ruby < rubys@apache.org >
> 
>    Shane Curcuru < curcuru@apache.org >
> 
>    Jim Jagielski < jim@apache.org >
> 
> Affiliations
> 
>    Daniel Gruno - Quenda IvS
>    Tony Stevenson - pctony ltd, VocalIQ Ltd
>    Richard Bowen - Redhat, inc.
>    Ulises Beresi - Datastax, inc.
>    David P Kendal - Quenda IvS
>    Francesco Chicchiriccò - Tirasa S.r.l.
>    Sam Ruby - IBM
>    Shane Curcuru - IBM(?)
>    Jim Jagielski - Capital One
> 
> Sponsors
> 
>    Champion:
> 
>        Suneel Marthi < smarthi@apache.org >
> 
>    Nominated Mentors:
> 
>        Andrew Bayer < abayer@apache.org >
> 
>        John D. Ament < johndament@apache.org >
> 
>    Sponsoring Entity:
>        The Apache Software Foundation
> 
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