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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: What is a healthy community? WAS: log4net 1.2.9 beta release
Date Mon, 14 Mar 2005 16:01:38 GMT
IMO, one key aspect of incubation is to determine the health
of the community or, at least, to provide some clear indication
that the community, post-incubation, will grow and thrive.
We cannot guarantee that at all; it would be foolish to
believe we could.

A vote of +1 by 3 has always been a critical indication of
correctness and completeness. Personally, if there is
a community of 3 or 4, and they all vote +1, then that
implies more involvement that a community of 2 dozen
with "only" 3 votes.

Healthy does not always equate to growth in numbers, but rather
in the growth of code. The danger of "small" communities
is that the loss of a single developer can be more
detrimental to the codebase and increases the risk
of zombie projects. So obviously a project of a
single contributor has the most risk...

So the questions are really: is the code progressing? Is
there active development? Is there a user and developer
community evolving? Is it worthwhile? And are there
the votes?

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