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From "Don Brown" <mr...@twdata.org>
Subject Feature sponsorship proposal
Date Mon, 07 Apr 2008 13:08:17 GMT
As more and more companies start using open source software, many,
like mine, are looking for ways to give back to the community.  They
want a way to contribute and ensure their contribution will be noticed
and appreciated.  What if we had a feature sponsorship program that
encouraged companies to donate engineering time to filling out needed
features in Struts?

I imagine it would work like this:
 1. The Struts community comes up with a short list of desired
features with high-level specs
 2. Companies (or individuals) could "sign up" for a feature and
donate internal engineering time to implementing the feature
 3. The Struts community would review then commit the feature
 4. The release notes for that version and perhaps somewhere on the
website would note who gets credit for the feature

This would help those that want to donate time what features are most
needed by the community and give them a way to receive recognition for
their work in a very public way.    A key component in this proposal
is the way credit is given to the work, something that might encourage
the marketing departments of the respective companies.  The list of
desired features is also important as it ensures their effort will not
be in vain, and it also implies the support of the Struts dev
community to work to apply the patch in a timely manner.

Thoughts?

Don

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