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From "Jack Krupansky" <>
Subject Re: Active 4.x branches?
Date Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:01:42 GMT
Hey, this is open source, which means that everything is fair game for 
everybody. Anybody (even a non-committer) can be an "owner" simply by being 
active in the conversations in any area. So, who is the owner of any area 
will vary over the course of a year. Sometimes people take breaks (or have 
"real" work assignments), so their "ownership" may fade down and later fade 
up again.

Although the email list is one of the primary mediums for conversations, 
Jiras and comments in the Jiras, as well as svn commit history, will make it 
clear to any newcomer who are the "owners" (and that should/must be plural!) 
or most-interested parties in a particular area.

If at any point it looks like there is a single "owner" in an area, that is 
a sign of potential trouble. Keep the "bus factor" in mind.

-- Jack Krupansky

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Smiley (
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: Active 4.x branches?

Those are good points Yonik.  I guess I don't know what to think anymore.

Yonik Seeley-4 wrote
> On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:24 AM, David Smiley (
> &lt;


> &gt; wrote:
>> Maybe we should have a
>> roster somewhere of parts of the codebase that have an owner.
> Taking ownership is a mindset, and is very different from any kind of
> recognized "having ownership".
> We shouldn't tag areas as "owned" by someone, as that could discourage
> others getting involved in that area.
> It might also encourage deference to the "owner", which would also be
> a bad thing.  We sometimes naturally defer to someone with more
> experience in an area than we have, but it should continue to be on an
> informal case-by-case basis.
>> It could be
>> useful to people not "in the know" on who to contact
> The right contact point is this mailing list.
> There's already way to much off-list (and off IRC channel)
> collaboration that goes on IMO.
> -Yonik
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