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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: Cultivating Outstanding IP Stewards
Date Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:25:19 GMT
On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:22 AM, Marvin Humphrey <> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>> As soon as you step off your soapbox, be sure to provide some
>> suggestions...
> When an individual makes major contributions to the incubation of a podling --
> particularly in the areas of legal and community development -- they should be
> rewarded with a binding vote.  Meritocracy should apply to podlings as it does
> to TLPs.
> By expressly dangling the incentive of a binding vote in front of podling core
> contributors, we will motivate more of them to learn "The Apache Way" more
> thoroughly and to become outstanding IP stewards.  The presence of these
> individuals will then compensate for the natural phenomenon of Mentor
> attrition, and the problem of IPMC release vote scarcity will diminish.

I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiment - though I'd word it a
bit differently - merit applies to individuals; if the individuals
happen to be contributors to a podling, and have earned trust and
demonstrated the merit, they should wholeheartedly be welcomed to the
IPMC. I actually think this could be good for both the IPMC as well as
the culture at the ASF. On the one hand it ensures that new, fresh
blood is circulating, hopefully on a regular basis, inside the IPMC.
Those folks will also be able to easily empathize with a new podling's
travails. It also gets folks involved elsewhere at the ASF, exposing
them to new folks, additional places they can get involved, etc.


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