Hardware for Thunderbird Core Developers
vseerror at lehigh.edu
Fri Aug 18 01:37:33 UTC 2017
On 8/17/2017 1:53 PM, Jörg Knobloch wrote:
> On 17/08/2017 16:53, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:
>> "In fact, if reviewed now, we'd have to remove some people from the
>> list :-("
>> So wait your admitting that more frequent review might be better
>> oversight? Why would you want to wait a year and yet entitle people
>> to grants of hardware which you say if reviewed now they wouldn't be
>> eligible for.
>> Seems more frequent reviews or a review upon the time of request
>> would be a more accountable way of spending donations?
> Dear Benjamin,
> thanks for writing and voicing your concern.
> First and foremost let me assure you that the Thunderbird Council is
> spending income from donations in a transparent, accountable,
> professional and best possible way.
> As for the hardware for developers issue: The list was established at
> the end of March 2017 as you can see from the history of the Wiki
> page. It was established after some discussion in the Council and
> after running an analysis tool to count checkins. That was five months
> The list is under constant informal review, as I do most of the
> sheriffing on comm-central. I would of course call for an update of
> the list should the occasion arise and we would also then re-run the
> analysis tool. As far as I'm aware, the list is up-to-date, however,
> one person on the list has departed the project, apparently for
> personal or work-related reasons. We will adjust the list accordingly
> in due course, but please understand that we can't kick someone off
> should they fail to contribute for a while after years of solid
> contributions. Of course all requests for grants will be carefully
> checked. I am sad to say that there haven't been any new arrivals who
> contribute on a weekly basis, however, we have a few new promising new
> contributors and also come-backs or seasoned contributors, so we will
> repeat analysis and discussion towards the end of the year.
> Perhaps I can give you some background information on why the idea of
> a hardware grant was established in the first place. One of our
> developers who devotes time to the project ever day and maintains a
> module on three platforms desperately needs hardware for a platform
> that cannot be run as a virtual machine. Another one works on some old
> hardware where a simple build takes one to two hours to complete. The
> Council is of the opinion that these people who give their time freely
> to the project shouldn't also have to buy their own hardware to keep
> doing so.
Quite right. Further to the point of absentee/"lapsed" individuals, if
someone was absent for 6 months or a year and decided to come back
because getting hardware allows them to do the work (absent
non-functional or frustrating hardware), we should support that effort
and welcome them back. We've had productive people with bad hardware and
didn't have the process in place to support them.
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