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[technology-pmc] Re: [ofmp-dev] Committer Election for Jan Blankenhorn

Meritocracy is something that is taken very seriously by the Eclipse projects and community. Just being hired do a job doesn't get you committer rights. You need to earn them.

I'm have vetoed the election; you can renominate Jan at a later date.


Aleksey Aristov wrote:

Ok. Your point is clear. It's not a case when people are "assigned" to
project. It's a case when they have to "win" the right to work on
project. It's a bit strange, since in this specific case we really
"assign" person to a project, since we are a company and Jan works for

So let's wait a bit, and I will work as a "proxy" for him, to access
cvs repository with web site. It will slightly inconvenient, but as I
can see it's a price of real meritocracy. :)

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM, Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It's actually not at all strange.

When Nathan was hired by the Eclipse Foundation to work as a web designer,
he had to go through a process of becoming a committer on the Phoenix
project. He started by making several contributions though bugzilla which
existing committers reviewed and then committed on his behalf. After he
established a trend of contributing high-quality patches and other
contributions, he was nominated as a committer. The same is true for Gabe
and Karl on various projects they commit on.

Being a committer on an Eclipse project is all about merit. You have to
demonstrate that you have the required credentials to be a committer before
you can become one.

Can you describe a little more about the work Jan did on the Victoria
project? What functionality did he contribute? Is there some existing part
of OFMP that you can cite as work Jan did?


Aleksey Aristov wrote:

If someone starts to work on a project, it's a bit strange to expect
any contributions, before he started. As I say, Jan is assigned to the
task, and I am sure he will do his job well.

In addition, I can add that he already worked for Victoria project - a
closed source software which code base is a basis for initial part of
OFMP. His responsibility was to develop a test suite for integration

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM, Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'll need a little more to work with before we can approve.

What qualifications does Jan bring? Has Jan made any significant
contributions to the project already?



Aleksey Aristov wrote:


Jan works for WeigleWilczek (one of the companies, behind OFMP). From
now on, Jan will be in charge of OFMP project web site. We have to
improve a lot there, so we will have a dedicated person for this job.


On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 4:02 PM, Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Can you please provide some rationalization for the nomination of Jan
Blankenhorn as committer.

We need a little more than "New committer on project" or "yo!".
like "Jan provided us with a great contribution (bug xxxx) and has
come on board to support it" or "Jan is a giant in the field and our
will benefit greatly from the added wisdom and guidance"


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