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From Carin Meier <>
Subject [DISCUSS] - Revisions to Committer Criteria
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:35:28 GMT

There is a desire to increase the committer pool and grow the community.
This thread is to discuss the possibility of revision the current committer
criteria in light of the following goals:

- Make it easier to newcomers to be committers
- Recognize non-code contributions as paths to committership
- Open the door to separating levels of committer and PMC (discussed in
another thread)

Current State:

The current committer criteria is here as
is modeled after the Hadoop committer criteria


Model the MXNet path to committership and PMC after the Apache Beam project

Short quote from page:
An Apache Beam committer…

   - Takes many forms
   - Knows, upholds, and reinforces the Apache Software Foundation code of
   - Knows, upholds, and reinforces the responsibilities of an Apache
   Software Foundation committer
   - Knows, upholds, and reinforces the Beam community’s practices
   - =================

I believe if we merge our current committer criteria with this model it
will open  the path to committership to a wider pool, acknowledge that
there are multiple paths, and reinforce the ASF values and responsibilities.

The Beam model does not explicitly address a PMC level but we could add it
in in the same spirit of reinforcing the ASF responsibilities and values of
this level.

Looking forward to feedback about this possible direction. If the community
is interested looking more into this direction I would be happy to create
of first draft of something more concrete to look at - (or if someone else
wants to take a crack at it too that would be great)

- Carin

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