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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Re: AW: We want to donate a XML / Cocoon / EJB / WebStart - based CMS
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2003 17:05:01 GMT
Sascha-Matthias Kulawik wrote:

> No, it is also in our interest, you're right :) It is a little bit of
> "we want to give the community something back", something of
> "reputation", some interest of good ideas of other developers and so on.

The primary work area for incubating ASF projects should be the 
community around a project. So in general, it is deemed a good practice 
if the candidate incubating project starts adapting ASF project 
guidelines prior to entering incubation.

In this particular case, this would mean you should be thinking about 
how to attract new developers right now. They won't come automagically 
by moving into the ASF incubator, if there's isn't a sense of 
meritocracy already. Also, I believe there is an inverse relationship 
between the size of a given codebase, and the number of possible 
contributors it can attract. For large codebases, there might be too 
much to learn, and too many things already been decided upon, that 
potential new contributors can be scared away, if the incubating project 
doesn't spend enough time on these critical aspects.

Anyway, even though I might sound a bit pessimistic, I just wanted to 
warn you that the process of acceptance and incubation might be longer 
than you would expect.



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