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Subject [CONF] Apache Community > Changes integrate the forums into the AOOo project
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:38:00 GMT
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Comment added by Peter Roelofsen:

Mr. Weir, I fail to see where signing the iCLA is relevant for the role of the moderator and
admin. It's only about copyright and patenting. I have written that already, but you seem
to be politely ignoring that. 

In reply to a comment by Rob Weir:
Maybe think of it this way.  If someone had posted 100-200 posts on the ooo-users.i.a.o
list, all to answer questions from users and help them use the product better, i.e., for support,
then that person would be an obvious candidate for being voted in as a committer. 
We might have differing opinions on what the threshold number is, but I think we'd agree that
someone who is highly committed to supporting the project by supporting the users on our list,
is eligible to be a committer.

However, if that person declined to sign the iCLA, for personal reasons, we would not boot
them off the ooo-users mailing list.  We'd still welcome them as a valued members
of the community, etc.

I think the same thing applies to forum volunteers.  As a PMC we should be looking
out for merit and proposing them for committers.  But they are not required to accept
this role, if they do not want to sign the iCLA.

With moderators and admins the situation is a little different, because they have the direct
ability to enforce policy on the usage of the forum.  We need to make sure that the
PMC is the root authority for forum policy, obviously with due deference to the recommendation
of the project members who work with the forum on a daily basis.  This requires some
form of PMC oversight.  But that can take many forms.

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