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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: ASF member role - accountable to whom
Date Sun, 21 Sep 2003 12:23:58 GMT

On Sunday, Sep 21, 2003, at 05:40 Europe/Rome, Stephen McConnell wrote:
> Henri Yandell wrote:
>> On Sat, 20 Sep 2003, Steven Noels wrote:
>>> I just want to say that this requirement of sponsors which should be
>>> members was totally unclear to me when I started talking and working
>>> with the BEA peeps (Cliff Schmidt). So even if this was meant to be 
>>> by
>>> design, it wasn't very obvious from the information available at the 
>>> time.
>> I'm a bit confused, so my apologies if this question is answered
>> somewhere. Am I reading it right that to be a sponsor for a project 
>> in the
>> incubator one has to be an ASF member?
> Based on the aggregation of information of the last few days - it 
> appears that this is *not* official policy.  However, it does appear 
> that this is assumed policy in some quarters.

There is no policy yet, but if the incubator was to make a policy, I 
would be against having an ASF committer which is not a member or 
officer being an incubating sponsor.

Why? simple enough. If that person was believed good for the job by 
his/her peers, he would have been already a member or an officer. Or, 
his/her action would make him/her visible for the next election, if 

Ah, at the end, if a committer considers this unfair, maybe he/she 
should question him/herself before questioning hundreds of his/her 


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