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From Matt Hogstrom <>
Subject Re: Graduation: how do we check "three or more independent committers" ?
Date Wed, 17 Oct 2007 02:12:48 GMT
Here is a quick initial definition.  I believe that it is the  
committer's responsibility to properly state their affiliation.  For  
instance, if a committer contributed to a project and it was approved  
by their employer (company A)  but not actually part of their  
immediate duties I wouldn't necessarily expect them to have to say I  
am affiliated with Company A and they might identify themselves as  
independent.  An underpinning of this definition is trust.

Affiliation:  For purposes of identifying a community's diversity and  
independence it is useful to identify a committer's afiliation.  It  
is useful to disclose to the community if a committer is working on a  
project as part of their primary job responsibility.  This can be  
loosely defined to mean paid to work on a project more than 4-hours a  
day.  This affiliation can be used to identify a project that would  
be in jeopardy should an organization that is supporting developers  
should those developers time be redirected to unrelated efforts.

On Oct 16, 2007, at 8:21 PM, Craig L Russell wrote:

> I do think it would be good to clarify the meaning of affiliations,  
> and make it more flexible.
> This topic has been kicked around for a while. Is there some  
> consensus that affiliation is project-specific, such that a  
> committer can be independent on project A while working on another  
> project B  as their "day job"?

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