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Subject [CONF] Apache Community > Changes integrate the forums into the AOOo project
Date Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:37:00 GMT
Space: Apache Community (
Page: Changes integrate the forums into the AOOo project (

Edited by Francis C. Costero:
h1. Changes to integrate the forums into the AOOo project

h2. 1. Community

The forum community divides in:

* Site Admins
* Forum Admins
* Moderators
* Volunteers

Volunteers are registered users of the forum(s) with a post count of over 200 (or another
lower limit), who visit and post regularly to answer questions, report spam and in general
show commitment to the forum(s), as opposed to regular registered users who may never post
at all or post infrequently, or mostly post to ask questions.
Volunteers can vote within the forum on administrative and policy decisions just like moderators
and administrators (who really are volunteers with some extra powers). Examples of such decisions
are how to handle a particular case of user misbehavior or how to apply the spam policy to
hyperlinks in signatures. Volunteers (and other forum members) can only vote in/on the PMC
if they sign the iCLA and are accepted as committers.
More information about the Volunteer role can be found in the Volunteer Code of Conduct []

Note: Moderators and administrators of nl forums also get the volunteer rank for the English
forum, regardless of how often they post there. 
A volunteer may lose his/her rank after long inactivity (but will be restored on his/her return).

Moderators are maintainers of the board, they have access to the moderator panel, removing
spam, marking topics as Solved or Issue, editing topic titles to make them more meaningful
or removing all caps, warning people who seriously misbehave, but not applying censorship
except in case of very explicit or bad language.
More information about the Moderator role can be found in the Moderator Code of Conduct []

Admins have access to the underlying forum code and the phpBB admin control panel.

The forum Survival Guide []
includes a description of the different user ranks and other information about the culture
and standards of the forum.

The following  proposal was compiled from a lengthy discussion on the EN and ES forums by
FJCC [].
It contains the contributions of several forum members, including Apache Observers.

h2. Proposal

*A.* Forum governance will be discussed in a publicly readable forum. Write access will be
limited to those with at least 10 posts. The previous governance forum will become read only
with access limited to Volunteers, Moderators and Admins. This is to protect the personal
information that was posted on that forum.

*B.* The Forum Issues section will remain private with access limited to Volunteers, Moderators
and Admins and will be used only to discuss user behavior or similarly sensitive topics

*C.* Forum admins must sign the ICLA. They will interact with the Apache Infra group and should
be official project members. At least one Moderator, who will sign the ICLA, or Admin on every
NL forum will commit to reporting forum status to the Project as determined by the Apache
OpenOffice PPMC

*D.* Moderators and Volunteers will keep their current functions and will be created through
the traditional process of nomination and lazy consensus on the forum.

*E.* Any [Apache Member|] or [Apache OpenOffice
PPMC|] member can request Apache Observer
status and thereby gain read and write access to all forums, including Forum Issues, and have
read access to the logs. Apache Observers will not have the capability to edit, delete or
move posts or perform administrative functions unless otherwise elected to those positions
by normal forum rules.

*F.* Any decisions made by the Apache OpenOffice PPMC with respect to the forums or the forum
members will be posted on the Site Governance forum or, in the case of a sensitive topic,
on the Forum Issues forum.

*G.* The new Terms of Use will be similar to the current ToU, particularly the clause that
"You hereby grant to the Host and all Users a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide,
non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license under Your intellectual property
rights to reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute,
perform, display and use Your Submissions (in whole or part) and to incorporate them in other
works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, all subject to the obligation
to retain any copyright notices included in Your Submissions. All Users, the Host, and their
sublicensees are responsible for any modifications they make to the Submissions of others."
 Note that Apache Legal will review and approve the final ToUs, which will also ensure that
sufficient rights are granted to consider contributions under the Apache License.
The current Terms of Use are here: []

*H.* Should the ASF or the Apache project decide to terminate its support of
the forums, it will grant a period of at least 90 days for the transfer of the contents and
structure of the forums to another host as decided by the Administrators, Moderators and Volunteers.

*I.* While the forums operate within the Apache podling/project they will have the same domain/URL
as before the transfer.

h2. Initial Committers / PMC

Zoltan Reizinger - r4zoli, Hungarian Forum admin, already PPMC member

Please add here the names of the current admins/moderators/volunteers who want to join the
Rory O'Farrell - RoryOF - ofarrwrk at
Ricardo Gabriel Berlasso - RGB-es on the Spanish forums (Admin) - rgb _dot_ mldc _at_ gmail
_dot_ com

h2. Technical changes

The forum is maintained via private subboards currently.

*Proposal #1:*
The private boards are put to read only.
A new public board "site governance" is established to discuss forum related tasks. The messages
are sent automatically to a readonly mailinglist name "forum-sitegovernance@".
A new private board "private xxx" is established to discuss sensitive tasks, like for example
user behavior. The messages are sent automatically to a privately archived mailing list (allowing
Apache Members and Apache OpenOffice PPMC members to view) with a specific tag \[OOODEV:forum\].

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