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[technology-pmc] Re: [babel-dev] Babel Project review

I will attend the call.


Antoine Toulme wrote:
Hi Wayne,
this might not be my place, and Kit might be compiling an answer to your
questions right now, anyways:
Would you be available at 10 AM PST to join us on the Babel development call
? That way we could discuss and solve those issues ?



On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 9:40 PM, Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Greetings Babel Project members

I've done a quick review of your project. In general, it seems as though
the project is progressing well. I am happy with the level of community
involvement. My own experience shows that there is a lot of buzz around this
project; you are clearly doing good things.

I'd like to see the project summary page cleaned up with a better, more
concise, description. Further, I'd like to see an up-to-date plan, and a
 release scheduled.

Here are some specifics:

The description on the project summary page renders poorly. I believe that
the project's landing page is being used for the description. It would be
better if you could make an actual separate file that contains only the
description of the project.

The newsgroup has steady (though relatively low) volume. Similarly, the
babel-translator mailing list, which seems to be focused at a similar
audience, also has steady volume. It does seem that most questions are
getting answered in a timely manner and, judging by the length of some of
the exchanges, a healthy (albeit relatively small) community seems to be

Information to help would-be contributors set up a development environment
is under the "Contributors" tab which may seem reasonable enough; however,
the grayed out "Getting Started" tab was initially off-putting and led me to
believe that this documentation was just not available. It'd be nice to see
Team Project Sets/Buckminster scripts/whatever for setting up the workspace.

There are 283 Bugs against Babel in the system. There appears to be a lot
of diversity in the reporters, which again is a good indicator of healthy
community development.

The babel-dev list suggests a high-level of interactivity between project
members. This is good stuff.

Committer activity in CVS appears to be slowing. There are 99 bugs open
against Babel which seems to indicate that there is still work to do.
Does this indicate that a release is pending?

There are no releases indicated on the project summary page. The project
plan seems out of date, listing an "M0" release in January 2008. There are
no other dates indicated in the plan. The plan needs to be updated and a
release scheduled. It'd be nice to see the plan in the standard form.

Only one project mentor is indicated in the project summary. Is there a
second mentor?


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