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From Ralph Goers <>
Subject Re: Affiliation vs. individual
Date Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:03:31 GMT
I have participated in a project since it was in the incubator. More than 90% of the committers
& PMC members work for the same company. I don’t have a problem with that from the perspective
of how the project is run. The issue I see is that there are only a few significant contributors
and they tend to disappear after a year or so and be replaced by a new, suddenly active committer.
It is obvious the person who disappeared and the new person coming in were being employed
to maintain the project. To me, It speaks volumes that they don’t keep committing after
the new maintainer comes along.

I’m not saying that this creates any problems from a decision making point of view, but
it sure seems like the commitment level to the project of the individuals who participate
isn’t very high. 


> On Nov 4, 2017, at 11:06 AM, Gunnar Tapper <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've discussed this with a few individuals but would like to raise the
> discussion with a larger group.
> Situation
> As contributors to the ASF, we represents ourselves as individuals. Some of
> us contribute to projects as part of our employment, some of us donate our
> time privately.
> Discussion
> You the individual is asked to share your employer when going through
> processes such as graduation. I get the reason: to ensure diversity in the
> project.
> However, some of us are donating our private time and may therefore want to
> represent ourselves as a private donor rather than involve our employeer in
> the discussion.
> [Disclosure: I work for a company that is unlikely to have an issue with my
> involvement with ASF projects outside what my company cares for.]
> Proposal
> Anyone that chooses to do so can use "private donation" instead of the
> employer when representing affiliation.
> Thoughts?
> -- 
> Thanks,
> Gunnar
> *If you think you can you can, if you think you can't you're right.*

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