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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: How do we want to announce new Committers/PPMC members
Date Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:49:45 GMT

On Sep 29, 2011, at 12:14 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:

> +1 
> but with reference to the list that indicates a committer who
> has been authorized for this project.  That is the one Christian 
> provided,
> <>.  

I have added this link the podling's people.mdtext page.

Updating people.mdtext is considered to be a first step for a new committer, but clearly not
everyone has cared to do that update.

One advantage of doing so is that it provides each committer experience in using the Apache

> This list is useful to verify that committers are established and
> authorized in the system to be a committer for ooo.
> The entries in bold identify some who might (also) be 
> mentors/ASF Members.

Bold identifies ASF members. Not every member listed is a Mentor. I think though you have
to be a Member to be a Mentor although I could be wrong about that.


> - Dennis
> PS: This index finds all committers and what projects they are authorized
> to commit on: <>.  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donald Whytock [] 
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:58
> To:
> Subject: Re: How do we want to announce new Committers/PPMC members
> Looking at the AOO "people" page
> ( I see "some of
> our contributors".  Is this a list of committers?  If so, perhaps new
> committers can be announced along the lines of, "The OpenOffice list
> of Committers at <URL> has updated with the addition of <name>."  Less
> laudatory, more PSA.
> If that list on the site isn't of committers, should it be?  Or should
> there be one, with "other contributors" mentioned?
> Don
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> A recent press article suggested that this project had not had any new
>> committers since the project started.  This is false. But it would be
>> hard to tell that, looking at our mailing list or website.
>> So far we've been quiet about new committers.  We have the votes,
>> process the paper work, etc., on the ooo-private list.
>> Some Apache projects announce each new committer to their main mailing
>> list.  Others don't.   We're received mixed advice from our mentors.
>> IMHO, we want to avoid two errors, at the extremes:
>> 1) A public announcement note for new committers that is read as being
>> too congratulatory, one that makes those who are not committers (or
>> not yet committers) feel less appreciated.
>> 2) Total lack of any acknowledgement of new committers/PPMC that leads
>> observers to believe that new committers are chosen in a secret
>> ceremony involving ceremonial robes, oaths, and animal sacrifices.
>> An announcement of a new committer should not be surprising.  It
>> should confirm what any regular observer of the mailing list already
>> knows, namely that person X is actively involved in the project and is
>> making high quality contributions. So on one hand, acknowledging a new
>> committer should not tell you anything that you don't already know.
>> On the other hand, there is reinforcement value to stating what we
>> know, especially for newer members of the project, i.e., the project's
>> future committers.
>> By analogy, I've worked in situations where job promotions were given
>> secretly, and people were shy to ever speak of them.  It suggested
>> that the company could not bear the scrutiny of seeing the inequity of
>> hoiw promotions were given out.  And I've worked places where
>> promotions were announced widely, with a summary of the person's
>> recent contributions, reinforcing to the entire team the kinds of
>> contributions that could get them -- some day -- a similar promotion.
>> If we believe that we're doing a good job at selecting new committers
>> then we should want this to be known.  Transparency shows the fairness
>> of the process.
>> Obviously the context here at Apache is not the same.  But I think the
>> choices are analogous.
>> Personally, I'm in favor of a modest announcement to the ooo-dev list
>> after a new committer has been elected and have submitted the iCLA.
>> What do you think?
>> -Rob

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