Governance and Release Model updates
mbanner at mozilla.com
Mon Nov 5 11:08:45 UTC 2012
On 02/11/2012 18:00, Ben Bucksch wrote:
> Given that Mozilla Corp has removed most funding, and the current
> owners can no longer invest as much time, please actively hand over
> ownership to volunteer contributors *now*.
I'm not sure if you intended on it sounding like this, however speaking
generally, because a person moves from full-time to part-time (or not
paid at all), shouldn't automatically mean they should be pushed
out/replaced from module ownership.
Personally, as a module owner, I am still committed to helping improve
Thunderbird, providing guidance, reviews etc. Yes, I may no longer be
paid to work on Thunderbird full-time, but I would still like to
continue to offer my skills and experience in my volunteer time. I'll
admit, that my commitment may change over the next few months or years,
and if so, I'll take myself off the list.
If, on the other hand, you have a specific concern with one or more
module owners, please come and discuss it direct with us.
With all that said, I would absolutely love for more people to become
peers, sub-module owners, and module owners (this has just reminded me
that I forgot to move your offers forward - that I will do next week). I
would also say, that if anyone wants to take on more responsibility,
please feel free to put yourself forward. We in the past have tended to
ask/suggest people when we feel they have the necessary experience, but
we've not always noticed as soon as we could do perhaps.
> I can also see a little bit of fresh air going through TB, good
> decisions are made, volunteers focus on valuable things like outgoing
> filters. This is great and gives me a bit of hope. But to use that
> momentum, we need to put those good contributors actually in charge,
> both to allow them to use the momentum they have now, and to keep them
> long-term. If the module owners stay as they are right now, TB will
> soon die a honorable death of old age, instead of using this
> opportunity to refresh.
I definitely agree there has been some good fresh air, and what I really
like have been some of the community-lead initiatives like papercuts and
"the list", where discussions have been held and outcomes reached, these
didn't need to start, or come from the module owners.
> Please define "engagement".
This is really community engagement where we can provide swag (e.g.
t-shirts, and other things), community meet-ups, and whatever else that
is reasonable that we can think of would encourage and enhance community
> "ispdb expected to be brought up to replace the static files for
> I disagree here, I think the static approach using SVN we have right
> now is more secure for the high-value sites that we currently have.
The issue I have with the static approach is that it is manual process
that takes up more time than really necessary and is difficult for
people to hook into (e.g. bugzilla account required, filing a bug,
working out the format, reviews, checking in etc). With Gaia starting to
use autoconfig as well as other apps, I am expecting that we may get
more submissions which will be much easier to handle with an online
service. Of course, as Blake mentioned, we'll also get the necessary
security reviews before rolling it out.
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