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From Alan Cabrera <>
Subject Re: What constitute a successful project?
Date Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:25:44 GMT

On Nov 26, 2012, at 4:25 PM, Jukka Zitting wrote:

> Hi,
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM, Alan Cabrera <> wrote:
>> As I mentioned in an earlier email, we did have this conversation seven
>> months ago.  We came to a consensus to give it another try.  We even added
>> a few committers a "bit early" with the hopes that they would infuse the project
>> with more energy.
> That doesn't take away the fact that there are still people who are
> clearly interested in continuing work on the project. Instead of
> telling the community to pick up their toys and leave, I'd much rather
> ask them to come up with a credible alternative. The failure of past
> attempts to grow the community does not necessarily mean that future
> attempts will also fail, so I'd give the community the benefit of
> doubt as long as there are new ideas and people willing to try them.

OT: I don't care for the "telling the community to pick up their toys and leave" characterization.
 Being a mentor is a fair amount of work.  Even more work when one is carrying out what seems
to be the right thing to do even when it's unpopular.  We're definitely not taking the easy
route here and remarks like yours makes things unnecessarily harder.

> If I understand correctly the problems in Chukwa are two-fold: 1) the
> community isn't diverse, i.e. there are only few people involved, and
> 2) the community isn't active, in that even the involved people don't
> have too many cycles to spend on the project.

We're talking about one developer here.  Not a few people.  If others had chimed in it would
probably be a different story.  With that said I do think that you have some good questions

> Thus I'd raise the following questions to Eric and others who want to
> keep Chukwa alive at the ASF:
> a) Is it reasonable to expect existing community members to becomec vcevwoi
> more active in near future? If yes, will such increased activity be
> sustainable over a longer period of time?  Why? IIUC there was some
> recent legal progress that might help here. What would be the best way
> to measure the expected increase in activity?
> b) How do you expect to get more people involved in the project? What
> concrete actions will be taken to increase the chances of new
> contributors showing up? Why do you believe these things will work
> better than the mentioned earlier attempts at growing the community?
> Good ideas of concrete actions are for example cutting new releases,
> improving project documentation, presenting the project at various
> venues, simplifying the project build and initial setup, and giving
> more timely answers and feedback to new users and contributors (see
> also my observation from October [1]). How can we best tell whether
> such efforts are working?
> Coming up with good answers to such questions is not necessarily easy
> (and it's fine if not all of them can yet be answered), but going
> through that effort should give us a good reason to continue the
> incubation of Chukwa at least for a few more months until we should
> start seeing some concrete and sustainable improvements in community
> activity and diversity.
> [1]

I too would love to hear answers to these questions.  More importantly I'd like to also hear
them from other PPMC members in addition to Eric.


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