sponsored vs volunteers

Karsten Wade kwade at redhat.com
Thu Apr 26 21:07:55 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-04-24 at 20:35 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-04-24 at 22:53 -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > 
> > It leaves out so many ways that people can be part of the community...

[snip list]

> Oh yeah!  Now you're talking :-).  

I agree, *very* interesting.  Obviously, we can pursue Rahul's idea
right now (well, after F7), while we can talk about how to do the
pie-in-the-sky idea.

One thing we can hope for is that, for most contributors, there is a
consistent default.  Then even if we ask for every e.g. Wiki page save,
"Was this for-pay or for-personal?" the unique default for each person
is going to most often be the right one.

With FAS, we have the backbone needed -- all services talk with the same
account system, so all services can derive default and follow-on values,
as well as write back new values when they come up.  When contributing
using a service such as CVS or Plone, your default is picked up, your
optional values are a tab-completion away, and there is always a way to
force a new value.

But what these all call for is a social convention adjustment.  Just as
it takes effort to get a group of developers who don't use changelogs
well to remember to include '-m "Something meaningful, damnit!"' for
every commit.  We would be asking, for example, add a keyword if it is
*not* your default (cvs ci -m "Something meaningful; *sponsor=Big

So the first question is really, how do we get buy-in from across the
project that the extra hassle is worth the value it brings Fedora to
know where we stand at all times?

- Karsten
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