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From Stian Soiland-Reyes <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] China Contribution. (was: RocketMQ Incubation Proposal)
Date Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:13:51 GMT
On 11 Nov 2016 6:18 am, "Luke Han" <> wrote:

> It's really not easy for Chinese people, they have to find out a way to
> access
> gmail or others since there's GFW, they are not native English speakers,
> they have limited experiences for open source especially the Apache Way.
> But they are willing to contribute, willing to participate global
> community, and try
> their best to learn and follow The Apache Way. We should have the patience
> for those new comers.

The warnings about firewalls are important as many ASFers (myself included)
are now gradually falling in love with third-party providers like GitHub
for ASF projects; but if those services are blocked (for arbitrary other
reasons), then that could cut off whole countries of potential developers
for the benefit of a slightly shinier button for the rest.

We can hope it helps that ASF is a non-profit and largely political-free
organisation (beyond internal and open source policies!) and that *. is not generally blocked, but I guess even that could happen.

I hope people are not under the impression that you need to have access to
Google to contribute to Apache projects, any email system which can contact
and receive from should work!  SMTP is still pretty resilient,
even if it takes days for a messagr to get through a "manual firewall" it
could still be compatible with 72h voting rules etc.

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