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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: GSoC & Temporary commit access accounts
Date Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:44:16 GMT
On 21 July 2011 10:24, Bertrand Delacretaz <> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM, Luciano Resende <> wrote:
>> It looks like various Apache projects are voting GSoC students as
>> "partial committers". As Apache does not have a formal process for
>> handling this type of account requests, regular accounts are created
>> for these students, with an Apache e-mail alias, and access is given
>> to general committer areas in SVN (e.g. committer area in svn, etc)
>> and then respective PMCs provides write access to particular areas in
>> SVN, such as a sandbox or a collaboration area. If the student fails
>> the GSoC programm, or is not elected as regular committer during or
>> after the program, there is no process for disabling/deleting these
>> accounts. This is very problematic and can cause multiple issues....
> I'd say those are temporary accounts rather than partial, and from the
> GSoC point of view I think it's good to have them.

As long as we ensure they are really temporary I agree.

Personally I feel that GSoC students should earn commit access just
like anyone else. However, being a mentor is a time consuming task and
we have to balance mentoring effort against the payback they get. We
can also argue that the evaluation process is, when done right, is
almost as rigorous as the process of becoming a committer.

I think it is important to ensure mentors and PMCs get to choose the
way they work with GSoC students. Personally I will still require
students to submit regular patches but I don't feel we should dictate
that practice.

> One suggestion would be to add those accounts to a special LDAP group
> named "trainee" or something. Once GSoC ends, someone (GSoC admins or
> comdev PMC) would need to request infra to disable all of them. If a
> student is voted in as a committer in the meantime, their PMC chair
> would just remove them from the "trainee" group.


Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)

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