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From Craig L Russell <Craig.Russ...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Project Diversity Guidelines
Date Sun, 28 Sep 2008 04:28:32 GMT
Hi Niclas,

On Sep 23, 2008, at 8:28 PM, Niclas Hedhman wrote:

> As for more documentation; I am -0 on that, but I guess Craig and  
> Martijn
> will probably jump at the opportunity ;o)

Well, thanks but no thanks. ;-)

My views are similar to yours. Diversity is a subjective thing, and  
every member of the incubator PMC probably has a different point of  
view. That's both good and bad, for good and bad reasons.

> Documents are hard to write and
> even harder to keep up-to-date.


The thing that I would focus on is whether the project would survive  
if one or more of the participating entities in the project were to  
pull the plug, i.e. stop funding the developers. Having diversity,  
meaning independent committers, means that the project is more likely  
to survive the loss.

I think that Marnie brought up many good examples of evidence of  
participation, including participation in writing features, submitting  
bug reports, submitting patches, writing documentation, discussing and  
voting on potential new committers, voting on releases, discussing new  
features and bug reports. Given a list of participants, evaluating the  
diversity of these active participants is necessarily subjective.

One thing that would help, especially in the case of qpid, is to  
document whether the committers feel that they are independent. That  
is, whether they would continue to contribute to the project on their  
own time even if their employer reassigned them to a different project.

> Cheers
> Niclas

Craig L Russell
Architect, Sun Java Enterprise System
408 276-5638
P.S. A good JDO? O, Gasp!

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