[OOTB-hive] Volunteers wanted - Maintaining Community Support Tools

Axel Faust axel.faust.g at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 4 20:30:11 GMT 2017

Happy mandatory new year everyone,

a short update on the quest for volunteers: counting myself we currently
have four people interested in being core maintainers and two that want to
chip in in the localisation area. This meets the minimum that I have set
out initially. We are already planning to get together in a kind of
kick-off session tentatively planned this Friday.
If anyone else has interest in participating as a maintainer in that
project, feel free to respond at any time. If it is before Friday around
15:00 / 3 pm UTC we could include you in the web session.

On 21 December 2016 at 16:59, Axel Faust <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>

> Since I did communicate a date / deadline in the initial mail I will be
> open for (and respond to) additional replies until then.
> If we have our minimum of volunteers (it looks good so far) when I get
> back from the holiday week at home, I'll likely start with some preparatory
> tasks right then (i.e. setup Gitter for volunteers/maintainer team,
> prepare/organise access to Maven Central, setup GitHub team etc). I may
> also check if/how we could use one of the localization-oriented sites to
> simplify that aspect and allow easier participation that way (similar to
> the language pack community for Alfresco). January might then be used to
> transfer ownership, publish first release (basically as-is state as
> "release candidate"), organise collaboration within the maintainer team and
> map out any actions for a first "real" release.
> On 21 December 2016 at 15:32, Bindu Wavell <bindu at wavell.net> wrote:
>> OK,
>> Given that I would be like to be on the maintainer team for this support
>> tools project...
>> Here are some of my qualifications for a position:
>> - Have a good sense of what will help folks support their
>> implementations; I provide level 1 Alfresco support for a number of
>> companies
>> - Have experience creating and maintaining open source projects; e.g.
>> created and maintain generator-alfresco
>> - Experienced with technical mentoring; can help new team members provide
>> valuable contributions
>> - Have a solid understanding of how to customize Alfresco; in many cases
>> I'm opinionated about the right and wrong ways of doing things (this could
>> be a detractor, but I hope I'm also pragmatic and rational ;) )
>> - US time zone coverage (this could also be a detractor ;) )
>> Here are my concerns:
>> - Minimal experience with community edition; specifically don't know a
>> ton about differences with enterprise (other than the obvious stuff like
>> clustering)
>> - Not much experience with localization
>> - Not much experience with complex net-new Web based UI stuff like
>> canvases
>> I'm sure neither of these lists is comprehensive. Having said that I feel
>> I could add value to the project and I could dedicate at least 1 to 2 hours
>> per week on this project.
>> If you are interested in my participation, how would you like to proceed?
>> --
>> Bindu Wavell
>> From: Axel Faust <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>
>> <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>
>> Reply: Axel Faust <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>
>> <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>
>> Date: December 21, 2016 at 4:48:57 AM
>> To: Bindu Wavell <bindu at wavell.net> <bindu at wavell.net>
>> CC: ootb-hive at xtreamlab.net <ootb-hive at xtreamlab.net>
>> <ootb-hive at xtreamlab.net>
>> Subject:  Re: [OOTB-hive] Volunteers wanted - Maintaining Community
>> Support Tools
>> Hi all,
>>> I wanted to keep the initial mail short since I already have a tendency
>>> to write longer mails than most people, so didn't include the tasks of a
>>> maintainer in the hope there is a common understanding. Also, I didn't want
>>> to scare anyone with my personal hopes / aspirations for community
>>> ownership - it is a process that the team of core maintainers for this
>>> project would pioneer and in some regards have to figure out how they can
>>> handle it in a sensible way.
>>> With that in mind: personally, I would expect / like the team of core
>>> maintainers to:
>>> - review / respond to issues, enhancement requests or PRs in a somewhat
>>> timely manner (open source project => no SLO but I would like to aim for
>>> 7-14 day limit for first reply)
>>> - reproduce issues / help reporters work around them and plan long term
>>> resolution (again, no SLO but it would be great if identified issues are
>>> either resolved or at least provided with a workaround in 1-3 months)
>>> - plan, assign, perform and track implementation tasks
>>> -- implementation may be done by others but core maintainers review /
>>> decide what is merged into main line
>>> -- localisation (as brought up by Angel and Douglas) would be an
>>> implementation task to be planned/assigned everytime a new feature is added
>>> with basic English I18n
>>> -- potentially recruit / support other community members that want to
>>> collaborate to lighten the load / share responsibilities
>>> - test / verify compatibility with new Alfresco releases, and plan any
>>> actions needed to achieve compatibility (again, no SLO but I would like to
>>> aim for 3-6 month limit for compatibility with new version unless major
>>> obstacles are found - for Community Support Tools I will check Alfresco 5.2
>>> compatibility over the holiday season and expect at most 1-2 hours effort)
>>> - generally be first contact for community members that have questions
>>> about the addon
>>> I hope that doesn't scare too many of you...
>>> Regards
>>> Axel
>>> On 21 December 2016 at 06:41, Bindu Wavell <bindu at wavell.net> wrote:
>>>> Hi Axel,
>>>> What would you expect from a maintainer of this add-on? I'm very
>>>> interested in this work :) I'd like to see it owned by the community and I
>>>> think this idea of having multiple maintainers makes a lot of sense.
>>>> On Dec 20, 2016 at 2:43 AM, Axel Faust <axel.faust.g at googlemail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> Yes, for the time being this is for this particular project. I do
>>>> consider this a prototype / test bed though for when we may discuss /
>>>> consider other projects and/or formalising requirements.
>>>> On 20 December 2016 at 08:46, Lanre Abiwon <el_gigantes at hotmail.co.uk>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> Just to be clear, you’re asking for a minimum of 3 core maintainers for
>>>> the support tools project.
>>>> Not as the required minimum to host a project under the OOTBee?
>>>> I agree with Martin if it turns out to be the latter. If it is the
>>>> former then 3 is a good start
>>>> and perhaps aspire to add more.
>>>> Lanre Abiwon
>>>> _________________________________________
>>>> If you do things right, people won’t know that you’ve done anything at
>>>> all.
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