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From Geir Magnusson Jr <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: An interesting diversity policy link...
Date Sun, 13 Aug 2006 23:16:28 GMT


Jean T. Anderson wrote:
> 
>   "* Demonstrate an active and diverse development community
>    * The project is not highly dependent on any single contributor
> (there's at least 3 legally independent committers and there is no
> single company or entity that is vital to the success of the project)"
> 
> As written, these are distinct requirements and nothing suggests that
> the second bullet is a refinement of "diverse" in the first -- and it
> leaves completely open what "diverse" in that first bullet means.
> 
> The second bullet could be changed like this to clarify:
> 
>    By "diverse development community" we mean that the project is not
> highly dependent on any single contributor (there's at least 3 legally
> independent committers and there is no single company or entity that is
> vital to the success of the project)
> 
> If that seems like a good change, I can propose it on general@i.a.o and
> put that change in place.

That works for me.

> 
>>> Company affiliations by the committer base is a different ball of wax --
>>> homogeneous is counter-productive, heterogeneous is required.
>> I like the way I think it's phrased now - "legally independent", because
>> "company affiliation" doesn't quite cut it - look at the web of
>> relationships w/in Geronomo, for example :)
> 
> I think "legally independent" is a good short description, but assumes
> that the broader context for "legally" has been introduced somewhere.
> The Incubator wording "there is no single company or entity that is
> vital" and the How It Works "The "community of individuals affiliated to
> unrelated entities" both provide the additional needed context.

Define 'vital'. :)  I think that we have to be careful about how deep of
a rathole we get here - this is why these are guidelines rather than
rules, and at th end of the day, it's the humans on the PMC that get to
make the final decision, situation by situation....

geir

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