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From sblackmon <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Community - call for help [Was: Setting priorities for our next few releases]
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:30:24 GMT
Thanks Suneel!

One key point from the original thread was the need to have a shared vision of what improvements
would position the project well for community and user growth over the short and medium term.

I’ve begun adding issues in line with the themes I mentioned and associating them to the
releases labelled 0.4 - 0.6 and intend to come back to the list with some proposals shortly.

One thing you could help with immediately is to validate our 0.3-incubating release and contribute
an IPMC vote over on general.  

On September 29, 2016 at 5:46:43 PM, Suneel Marthi ( wrote:

Hi Ate and Steve,  

I will be glad to contribute code too and be more involved in keeping the  
project moving. If u could point me to jiras I could tackle I'll get  
started on that.  


On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:26 AM, Ate Douma <> wrote:  

> Hi Steve, community, silent followers,  
> In general the proposal and suggestions from Steve are all good steps  
> forward.  
> But I'm for now top posting and forking that discussion to try address  
> everyone  
> in the community directly, because I think there are other and more  
> critical  
> actions needed to make clear to the Incubator PMC that cancelling of this  
> project retirement will not end up to be just a temporary pause.  
> The first and highest priority action should be getting more and diverse  
> involvement and active participation from the community.  
> The steps suggested by Steve are definitely helpful and needed as well.  
> But it just as well might end up remaining a one man's task list...  
> Instead, we need to get more active input and suggestions/questions from  
> others  
> in the community, like Joey, our new mentor Suneel, and hopefully as well  
> from  
> the W3C ActivityStream 2.0 working group people, like Benjamin Young.  
> And we need not just 'talk' feedback, but actual interest and participation  
> with concrete contributions.  
> (Suneel: I know you signed up just to mentor, which of course also is  
> needed)  
> We need to see and show serious promise for growth of the project  
> community to  
> the IPMC, and in a reasonable short time frame (a few months at most).  
> Without that I think the changes of getting this project back on its feet  
> will  
> remain unrealistic, and then better be stopped.  
> This also was indicated by the request from John Ament (the Incubator  
> Chair), to  
> switch back to monthly reporting for the coming 3 months, so the IPMC can  
> monitor the progress and chances for success. And if not, probably will  
> decide  
> (or at least vote) for a final retirement after all.  
> I agree with John this make perfectly sense, and I'll update the reporting  
> schedule for Streams shortly to make it so.  
> Meaning: a next Incubator board report will need to be delivered monthly  
> for  
> at least the coming 3 months.  
> We better make sure there is positive news to report :-)  
> I also cc'ed Benjamin Young (who AFAIK hasn't subscribed to this list)  
> to see what ideas he has and what concrete actions can take in getting the  
> W3C  
> ActivityStreams 2.0 people involved as well.  
> And I'm explicitly calling out to the mostly silent community, including  
> the  
> other committers, to speak up and let us know what you might be able to do  
> for  
> the project *now*: ideas, feedback, testing, maybe even code contributions?  
> Kind regards, Ate  
> On 2016-09-28 22:00, sblackmon wrote:  
>> All,  
>> Joey brought this up over the weekend and I think a discussion is overdue  
>> on the topic.  
>> Encouraging community growth and performing regular releases are on our  
>> list of graduation criteria.  
>> A few easy behaviors we can adopt to take to make progress on these goals:  
>> - planning release versions around one or two significant improvements  
>> - setting target dates to kick off upcoming releases  
>> - prioritizing our backlog after each release  
>> - discussing project and community milestones openly on the list  
>> - organizing JIRA so that all contributors (especially new) can decide  
>> where it’s most important to focus their efforts  
>> I think to get things moving again and demonstrate we are capable of  
>> consistent progress, we should aim to perform a release once per month  
>> around the end of the month.  
>> As for what to focus on, I think it’s time to discuss adopting Activity  
>> Streams 2.0, figure out what form that transition would take, and get  
>> started down that path. Working implementations demonstrate the  
>> suitability of the standard and drive it’s adoption, and the prospects of  
>> this project are closely tied to those of the standard. Separate DISCUSS  
>> coming on this topic.  
>> Also important for the ‘reboot’ theme, we should delete any modules we  
>> aren’t going to maintain, and bring all modules we are going to maintain up  
>> to acceptable standards - exactly what that means is an open question but  
>> broadly they should have documentation, code comments, and tests at the  
>> level of a typical module in a typical TLP.  
>> Expanding the examples to demonstrate how to use streams providers and  
>> processors within various execution engines and fixing any bugs that have  
>> been reported is desirable as well. Adding at least one new example per  
>> release is a good target for now.  
>> I have created some future versions with target release dates in JIRA and  
>> invite all committers to associate existing or new issues with those  
>> releases, or anyone who can’t modify JIRA to summarize their thoughts and  
>> share with the list and I will incorporate those ideas into JIRA. This  
>> should be the default reference for anyone looking for a way to help - look  
>> at issues associated with the next few releases and the top of the backlog  
>> and pick something that appeals and is in line with your experience.  
>> Anything else that should be a top priority for the rest of the year? Or  
>> other ideas on improving planning and coordination?  
>> Steve  
>> On September 24, 2016 at 1:01:02 PM, apache ( wrote:  
>> - This has already come up, but maybe ActivityStreams 2.0 support would  
>> broaden the community and motivate more work. It's also a concrete  
>> goal to work toward so people would know where they can start.  
>> - Steve and I did a little work here a few months ago, but the JIRA could  
>> reflect the priorities better and I think keep the community working in a  
>> common direction.  

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