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RE: [eclipse.org-architecture-council] What's the process fornominating a new member?
- From: "Oberhuber, Martin" <Martin.Oberhuber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:01:00 +0100
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- Thread-topic: [eclipse.org-architecture-council] What's the process fornominating a new member?
this is in fact in interesting question. Though I'd think I'd rephrase
"What are expected qualifications for a proposed
appointed AC member?"
Since I don't think the process is unclear (just go ahead and propose
on the mailing list), but it's unclear whether the candidate you have in mind would
meet some criteria which we perhaps feel instinctively but haven't anywhere
I'll try to start a discussion with what I feel, and I think that once we
consensus this should be documented on the
Mentorship. AC members may be pulled in as Mentors.
Therefore, they should have some experience in Eclipse project leadership and
a good understanding of the Eclipse Development Process and IP Policy.
They should also be "linked in" to the Community such that they know whom to
ask in case they cannot answer a question for a project that they might
eventually be mentoring... though becoming an AC member should make a great
stride towards getting "linked in".
Time and Passion. New AC members should not get
dormant immediately. Since the work of the AC is in order to improve the
Eclipse Ecosystem as a whole for the benefit of all the projects, they should
have some passion for that Ecosystem and be willing to invest some time for
that (I've mentioned 4 hours each month as a minimum
Public Track of Contributions. AC membership is
considered the highest level of Meritocracy. Therefore, proposed AC members
should have some public track of records which shows, how they have helped the
Eclipse Development process or ecosystem before. I'm thinking of mailing list
/ newsgroup answers, blog posts, FAQs, discussion contributions, and bugzilla
bugs on the "Community" category.
Authority. We'll want the AC to be perceived as a body
of authority. Therefore I think that also AC members should be perceived as
persons of authority in the domains that they come from. They should be
"known" to the Community in good standing thanks to the contributions that
they have made before. To me, "Authority" also conveys that AC members should
show technical (software development) excellence in their respective areas,
such that they are welcome as discussion partners for architectural
As I'm writing this down, I acutally notice some similarity to
the new committer election process: people can help / contribute to the
AC work by bugzilla comments, blogs, etc even if they are not members of the AC.
Dave Carver, for instance, has been contributing a lot. After some contributions
they can be voted in. Ideally, not only appointed members should meet these
criteria, but also those representing a PMC or strategic member (though we
cannot influence this, so officially the criteria should only apply for
Once somebody can think of a proper candidate, we might first have an informal
unrecorded poll  what others think, in order to protect people's privacy.
Next, I think it's good to ask that candidate whether she would be willing to
join the AC -- it should mean some time commitment, so joining the AC or not is
not a natural no-brainer and might require candidates to check with their
employers for acceptance. Candidates may feel honored to get asked even if they
are not finally appointed for whatever reason, so asking them first seems right.
Once that is clear, the candidate can be proposed on the mailing list, we
collect comments or votes and then recommend her to Mike for
Does that make sense? What do others think?
Martin Oberhuber, Senior Member of Technical
Staff, Wind River
Target Management Project
Lead, DSDP PMC Member
Sorry to spam the list with this question, but figured
it was better to ask publicly in case other people were wondering the same
Is there a process for
nominating a new member to the architecture council? I'd like to nominate one
of the DTP PMC members to join. She's got the experience and the passion to
fuel a number of healthy discussions among the group and I think she'd be a
Eclipse Data Tools Platform
Eclipse Data Tools Platform Connectivity Team Lead
Software Engineer, Sybase, Inc.