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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: Policy on Initial Committership
Date Sun, 08 Oct 2006 13:07:58 GMT

On Oct 7, 2006, at 6:29 PM, Justin Erenkrantz wrote:

> --On October 6, 2006 5:38:37 AM -0700 Cliff Schmidt  
> <> wrote:
>> I wish we could just have an objective list of numerical  
>> requirements,
>> but I think it has to come down to the judgement of the Incubator PMC
>> members.
> Umm, we do.  At least 3 legally independent (and active) committers.
> Any project that we have that is populated by only one or two  
> companies would get a -1 from me at graduation - but 3 is fine.  =)  
> -- justin

And certainly one aspect of being incubated is to grow the
community and ensure its health. Any podling with committers
from only 1 or 2 companies only has obviously not done
that and warrants a -1.

We run into a weird situation, IMO, if we get too formal
and number-oriented as far as the initial committer
list, simply because it makes it hard for external
companies to donate code to the ASF, if that code was
proprietary. In that case, of course all "current"
committers would be from one company, and so declining
the podling proposal just on that account would be silly.
However, in that case I would really like to see it that
if committers from other ASF projects read the proposal
and have a sincere interest in helping, that they be
included in the initial list, since I think it helps
bootstrap the community process right off the bat.

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