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From Berin Lautenbach <>
Subject Re: ASF member role - accountable to whom
Date Mon, 22 Sep 2003 01:18:44 GMT
> From: Tetsuya Kitahata <>

> I'd like to say, "Those who would write articles in the newsletter
> draft, are worthy to become members, because they really care
> for the foundation as a whole". Also, I'll give an announcement
> (=call) at members@ not community@ in the next time.

The above argument starts to get dangerously close
to the old umbrella argument.  "I carry my
umbrella when it's raining, therefore if I am
carrying my umbrella it must be raining".  So I
might agree that people who put a lot of effort
into a newsletter are good ASF people.  But the
fact that others are not is completely meaningless.

This is open source here.  People do what they
want to do.  Some people are great at newsletters.
I'm not.  Can't think of anything where I would be
of less use.  Does that make me unworthy of
anything?  I don't think so (but then I'm a bit
biased :>).

There is no silver bullet in an open source 
community for determining value.  Each person has
their own value that they bring.  The fun part is
trying to bind all those different desires and
talents into a working whole.  


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