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Subject [CONF] Apache Community > Changes integrate the forums into the AOOo project
Date Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:58:00 GMT
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Comment added by Peter Roelofsen:

No, I don't agree at all. The ICLA is a statement in which you non-exclusively license Apache
to use your work. But the rights that volunteers have beyond registered users have nothing
to do with that work. Volunteers can read the management forums and they can post and vote
in them. But as you will have seen, the number of posts in the management forums is insignificant
in comparison to the total number of posts in the forums.
The management forums were hidden, not because the staff felt that they had something shameful
to hide, but because they felt that nothing of what's discussed there is interesting for people
who visit the forum to ask a question. Seriously, most people would have better things to
do than read those forums.
I feel that before we decide to spend much time to come to an agreement we should ask somebody
who is good at legal stuff if all of this discussion is even necessary. I don't object to
signing a kind of contract with Apache that relates to what I'm doing as admin and moderator
at the Dutch forum, but I feel that the ICLA is not about those activities at all. As a moderator
and admin I have the power to delete and edit posts by other people at will, and nobody but
the original poster may notice it, and there's nothing in the ICLA about that kind of thing.
That's a serious shortcoming.

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