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From "Christian Grobmeier" <>
Subject Re: How long is too long in the incubator?
Date Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:37:05 GMT
On 30 Nov 2013, at 2:16, Marvin Humphrey wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Upayavira <> wrote:
>> If a podling has been in the incubator for some years, but is 
>> struggling
>> to reach critical mass, is there any reason not to just let the 
>> podling
>> be?

If the mentors stick to the project there is only little problem (I 
On the other hand we should avoid to become some kind of scm hoster.
The incubator has a specific goal and if project enters I believe it 
work to reach these goals.
If the goals are not reached like in the case you might have in mind,
i believe we need to ask: why? Are you on the right place?

Sometimes such questions bring up a few problems, sometimes not.

Just for the record, I have no problem this project stays longer. But I 
will continue
asking if there is life in the podling if there is no progress in 
Hope my recent emails didn't read like that I absolutely want to throw 
them out. Its not like that.


> We talked this subject through in November 2011, under the heading 
> "Actively
> retiring projects":
> The biggest change we made in the wake of that discussion was to 
> graduate
> small but stable communities more aggressively.  Isis was one[1].  
> VXQuery,
> with 4-5 active PPMC members, is likely to graduate under similar 
> criteria.
> Another change which has happened gradually over the last few years is 
> that we
> have cast aside the stigma associated with leaving the Incubator.  
> Vestiges of
> a less tolerant mentality from the early days persist in our policy 
> page[2]:
>  Termination of a Podling
>      If you receive a recommendation for termination then you have a
>      problem.
> I have always thought that shaming projects which don't complete 
> incubation
> was unjust, bad policy, and unbecoming of a volunteer-driven public 
> charity.
> Now that we have softened our attitudes, recognizing that all software
> products have a lifecycle and emphasizing "retirement" over 
> "termination", the
> Incubator has become more self-cleaning.
> Back in 2011, the Incubator had a significant problem with 
> accumulating
> stalled podlings.  Today, we have more room to consider podlings in 
> difficult
> circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
> Marvin Humphrey
> [1]
> [2] One of these days I'm going to call a VOTE on changing that 
> language.
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