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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: *DRAFT FINAL* June board report
Date Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:59:59 GMT
On 6/7/12 12:10 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:
> On 7 June 2012 11:02, Jürgen Schmidt <> wrote:
>> On 6/7/12 11:54 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>> On 7 June 2012 10:47, Jürgen Schmidt <> wrote:
>>>> On 6/7/12 11:28 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>>> On 7 June 2012 05:50, Herbert Duerr <> wrote:
>>>>> ...
>>>>>> I think we maybe should add one more topic here: Working with pootle
>>>>>> currently requires committership, which results in translators having
>>>>>> to be fast-tracked when they show up on the mailing list. The board
needs to
>>>>>> decide if this short-circuiting of the process is desirable or not
and what
>>>>>> the alternatives are.
>>>>> No, need, that's not a board level issue. It's up to the project to define
>>>>> own expectations of committers.
>>>> it's a very bad limitation. I would prefer a user management which
>>>> allows registration (by email verification) of new users and where new
>>>> users agree to contribute under the Apache license. Maybe combined with
>>>> an iCLA but not necessarily require to be committer.
>>>> But I am not sure if something like that would be possible at all.
>>>> Otherwise we have to deal with the current approach and hope that we can
>>>> reach volunteers to accept this approach and work together with them on
>>>> a fast-track.
>>> I agree that the limitation suboptimal.
>>> I suggest someone take this up with legal-discuss@ If legal@ feel able
>>> to approve a more relaxed approach to iCLAs for access to Pootle then
>>> infra@ can be asked to find a technical solution.
>> I agree and thanks to remind me that I should take the appropriate
>> action to address things like that ;-)
> Careful with the "I" - madness lies that way ;-)
> This is the perfect opportunity for someone lurking here to make an
> early and potentially very significant contribution. Shepherding these
> kinds of actions takes time away from those embedded in the coding.
> It's a good way to earn merit while you figure out where to contribute
> to the project. If someone like that is reading but not sure how to
> proceed I'm sure others will help guide you.

I agree but the idea is not really new and nothing happened so far ;-)

Thinking more about it I would like to discuss a new term "Apache
contributor" where users can register for an user account by accepting
that all their contributions are under ALv2. The verification can be by
email verification and the iCLA can be required as well (details have to
be defined). With such accounts people would get access to more pubic
wikis (like our user wiki), tools like Pootle, bugzilla etc.

The difference between contributors and committers would be that only
committers get the email address.

I think that a such lightweight user could be useful and the license
question of their contributions would be clear form the beginning.


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