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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: Challenges using Gitbox
Date Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:49:07 GMT
On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Ralph Goers <>

> ...
> >> such people can earn merit by becoming involved with the community and
> > helping out where they can.
> >
> > In theory, that sounds good, but as a practical matter, how many people
> > that have ever been on the ASF board of directors neither know/knew, nor
> > use(d) any programming languages in getting there? IOW, they got there
> > exclusively on their ability to write documentation, do community
> > relations, or utilize other non-coding skills?
> It has happened many times. When I was a committer on Apache Cocoon we
> voted Arje Cahn as a committer for his contributions to the project which
> had nothing to do with coding. He was voted in as an ASF member for pretty
> much the same reason.

It has happened. I was voted as a committer for simply answering questions
(and it stuck). I know of at least one or two others.

But we should be honest here. It isn't all that common. It should be much
more common.

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