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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: [POLICY] Lazy account creation
Date Mon, 20 Mar 2006 02:23:42 GMT
robert burrell donkin asked:

> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
> > What we'll probably do is run it like we're running Harmony.
> > The list of committers on the proposal are the people we
> > expect to show up, but we won't be creating accounts by
> > default - we'll need to have each person say "yes, I'm ready
> > and will be contributing immediately" before making the
> > account for them.

> this seems a useful tradition: is it too early to codified
> this into policy?

I'd say so, yes, it is too early.  Could probably use more discussion.

I'm not quite sure what to make of it.  What is it trying to accomplish?  If
someone comes up and says that they are ready to commit, what is this doing?
Fast tracking?  Geir already responded with a concern of his own, and
suggested modifications if the rule.  So I'll ask a more basic question: do
we need a rule for this, or can the human beings responsible for managing
the project make a human decision based upon the situation?

Keep in mind something that I've said a lot lately: generally, I prefer to
use SHOULD, rather than SHALL, leaving decisions in the hands of people
instead of pre-packaged rules.  SHOULD provides guidelines -- hopefully best
practices -- while still providing leeway.

I believe that we've already established a policy that recommends a
relatively low bar for Committer status.  At least thus far, what that means
has been up to the PPMC for each podling.

With respect to the message subject, I certainly do not have a problem with
not creating accounts until someone is ready to actually do something, but
keep in mind the lag time involved in the account creation workflow,
including the CLA gathering phase.  Beyond this, what else would be helpful
to recommend, and is the recommendation Incubator specific?

	--- Noel

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