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From "James Mitchell" <jmitc...@gmail.com>
Subject Fwd: Feature sponsorship proposal
Date Mon, 07 Apr 2008 20:06:13 GMT
That's a good question.  I have always heard this was the case and I think I
remember someone sending out a link in the past, but I don't keep up with
this kind of stuff.

Can anyone on legal point me to such a paragraph?  (sorry if this is the
wrong forum for this question)


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rob Leland <leland@speakeasy.net>
Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: Feature sponsorship proposal
To: Struts Developers List <dev@struts.apache.org>


James Mitchell wrote:

> I'm inclined to vote down anything mixing Community and Corporate agenda.
>  I
> think that's just a bad mix.  In fact, the ASF has specific
> rules/guidelines
> with respect to corporate involvement (employment) with too many project
>
>
Do you have that reference ?



 leads.
>
> There's a reason that Apache projects are so successful, in one word ...
> "community".  I hate it as much as the next guy when movement seems to
> stagnate for weeks/months, but that's never just cause to bring in
> money/free stuff as incentive.
>
> The folks who want to help when there's a prize at the end will be the
> first
> ones to dump your a## when you really need them, but don't have an
> incentive
> to offer.
>
> If Struts (or any project) doesn't have enough volunteers to keep the work
> going, then we have bigger issues.
>
> Just my $0.02!
>
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Robert Leland <rleland@apache.org> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Don I have a few questions
> >
> > 1) I agree that this contribution has to be valuable to the contributing
> > company
> > 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 ?
> >
> >
> > -Rob
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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James Mitchell

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