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From "Niall Pemberton" <niall.pember...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Feature sponsorship proposal
Date Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:47:21 GMT
On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Don Brown <mrdon@twdata.org> wrote:
> Exactly - I'm not suggesting we change how we accept contributions at
>  all and of course, we would try to give credit to individuals where
>  desired, but look at it this way: if IBM donated a server to us, would
>  we credit the person who processed the order or the company that
>  purchased the computer?  Paying someone to develop a feature is a
>  significant contribution that should be recognized, IMO, along side
>  the individual who performed the work.  In addition, as you point out,
>  not everything can be traced back to a single individual.  For
>  example, for a given feature in an Atlassian product, there is
>  involvement from probably 6 or 7 people: product manager, project
>  manager, UI designer, tech writer, product marketing guy, and the two
>  developers that paired on the feature.  If a company took their
>  donation seriously and brought their resources to bear, I think that
>  deserves recognition.

Would be good to clear this with the PRC - I seem to recall a similar
discussion where a project was crediting a company for a couple of
free licenses and someone from the PRC pointed out that it might upset
the official ASF sponsors[1] if they other companies were seen to be
getting recognition without donating hard cash.

http://apache.org/foundation/thanks.html

AIUI Teds on the PRC, so perhaps he can take it to them

Niall

>  Don
>
>
>
>  On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM, Ted Husted <husted@apache.org> wrote:
>  > On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 5:27 AM, Ted Husted <husted@apache.org> wrote:
>  >  >  But, saying thanks to Wendy's employer might cross the line. One of
>  >  >  our precepts is that ASF projects are "composed of individuals, and so
>  >  >  we give the credit to individuals. The farthest we might be able to go
>  >  >  is to say "Wendy of BigCo, Inc.", if that's how Wendy wanted to be
>  >  >  described.
>  >
>  >  Unless, of course, most or all of the feature was developed outside of
>  >  the project, and then donated in bulk, under a CCLA (as James
>  >  implied).  Of course, in that case, we'd then have to pass the
>  >  contribution through the incubator, to vet the IP.
>  >
>  >  Of course, we'd have to reserve the right to reject the contribution
>  >  if the code was not up to our standards. (In fact, back in the day,
>  >  the first contribution by an paid IBM engineer to Apache HTTPD was
>  >  rejected!).
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >  -Ted.
>  >
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