Under 18, Wants to contribute

Karsten 'quaid' Wade kwade at redhat.com
Mon Feb 4 09:27:26 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 07:11 +0200, Axel Thimm wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 08:03:08AM -0800, Karsten 'quaid' Wade wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > If the CLA does not mention age, then we have pretty much commented on
> > the subject as much as we can.
> this matter turns up quite often, and we should have some standard
> answer, hopefully in a positive way. Otherwise everyone will have a
> different dealing with this situation and it will often escalate into
> f-a-b (which doesn't really resolve this, yet).
> No, I'm not favouring Fedora Child Labour, I'm demanding it! ;)


Yes, this is true.  My concern, to be honest, is that if we start asking
questions of the lawyers, we might get back answers. :)

For example, what if we get back the answer, "If you are under the age
of 18 in the USA, you need a parent's signature"?  Where before we
didn't have any such rule, now we have a rule *and* an unknown number of
current contributors might be suddenly out of compliance.

Another way to look at this is, how do we turn pursuing this question
where the answer can lead to *more* contributors?

One idea that I like was having a teacher proxy or co-sign for a class
working on a FLOSS contribution.  I don't see that as a nice way to
simplify the contributor process for some people.

- Karsten
Karsten Wade, Developer Community Mgr.
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