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From Robert Leland <>
Subject Re: Feature sponsorship proposal
Date Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:47:34 GMT
Don I have a few questions

1) I agree that this contribution has to be valuable to the contributing 
both technically and marketing. Back in 2003 when I obtained free 
IntelliJ licenses from Jetbrains for the Struts
Committers all they wanted was acknowledgment on our web page and that 
was voted down as too commercial.
To IntelliJ's credit they still provided the license and later expanded 
it to all of Apache.
How has the Struts PMC changed since then to allow what your proposing ?

2) What if a proposal isn't on the short list of features, however when 
it is proposed the Struts community
its viewed as a useful idea ?

3) What if it turns out that two competing companies have different 
implementations, which is a great place to be in.
     Do we need to think this far ahead or using Agile methods do we not 
want to over design this process  initially ?


Don Brown wrote:
> 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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