Dead, Gone or Stable
Last week saw plenty of discussion about how to deal with projects for which no PTL was found by election or acclaim. That discussion continued this week, but also stimulated discussion on the differences between a project being dead, gone from OpenStack, or stable.
Mixed in with that are some dribbles of a theme which has become increasingly common of late:
- Contribution from foundation member corps
- The need for janitors, and board members not being the people able to provide
As a group, the TC has very mixed feelings on these issues. On the one hand everyone would like to keep projects healthy and within OpenStack, where possible. On the other hand, it is important that people who are upstream contributors stop over-committing to compensate for lack of commitment from a downstream that benefits hugely from their labor. Letting projects "die" or become unofficial is one way to clearly signal that there are resourcing problems.
In fact, doing so with both Searchlight and Freezer raised some volunteers to help out as PTLs. However, both of those projects have been languishing for many months. How many second chances do projects get?
IRC for PTLs
Within all the discussion about the health of projects, there was some discussion of whether it was appropriate to expect PTLs to have and use IRC nicks. As the character of the pool of potential PTLs evolves, it might not fit. See the log for a bit more nuance on the issues.
TC Elections Soon
Six seats on the TC will be up for election. The nomination period will start at the end of this month. If you're considering running and have any questions, please feel free to ask me.