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From Carin Meier <>
Subject Call for Ideas and Approaches to Community Building
Date Sat, 02 Mar 2019 14:13:23 GMT
I wanted to kickoff a discussion about community building. There was an
excellent blog post from the Apache Beam Community on this

In it they wanted to improve their contributor/committer base in the
following ways which resonate with our project as well, quoting from the

1. We could use more committers to review all the code being contributed,
in part due to recent departure of a few committers

2. We want our contributor-base (hence committer-base) to be more spread
across companies and backgrounds. This is a core value of the Apache
Software Foundation. In particular, the project's direction should not be
dominated by any company, and the project should be able to survive the
departure of a major contributor or all contributors from a particular
employer. Eventually, we hope that our user base is active and diverse
enough that this happens naturally. But we are not there yet, so instead we
have to work hard to build our community around the software we already

They outlined some of the steps that they took to achieve positive results
in the article, which I encourage everyone to read.

Every community is different, however, so things that worked well in their
community might not be as effective as in ours. I wanted to kick off a
discussion for ideas that people had here on community building for MXNet.

Ideas and thoughts on this are most welcome.

- Carin

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