A committer involves more than just participating in development of
the standard, it involves write access to the projects resources. So
individuals who wish to contribute to the standard development, and
have a vote in the process (which is not available to ML contributors)
must necessarily have access to the repositories. That sounds like a
risky approach. I'm sure everybody will work in the best will, but
accidents occur, and documentation experts are not necessarily code
repository experts. Also by Eclipse rules individuals cannot join as
a committer, they need to be invited after experience, but how is that
process to occur for document writers (as distinct from coders) who do
not have coding experience, or for that matter coders who have no
involvement in existing Eclipse infrastructure? IIUC in the past
Eclipse has mostly taken stewardship of existing projects and their
teams so this startup issue didn't occur.
This is where Eclipse hasn't yet developed the "standards" process
sufficiently IMO, its processes are all about software development.
When developing a standard the users should be a significant part of
the voting participants, not just the application developers. This
has been my experience in the aerospace arena, even though standards
there can be imposed by legislation, if user involvement is poor the
results are poor.
Requiring document writers to have write access to the standards
repository to participate therefore seems inappropriate and unlikely
to attract many. You have stated before that the process for the
standards development can be modified, so here is the opportunity to
see if Eclipse can accept individual standards participants without
them having write access to repositories.
Also just out of interest, how is it proposed that the "conforming
implementation" be developed?
> You can also participate without being a member at all. Just join the mailing list(s).
I already did, but kept this here in the interests of not making the
first thread on the list a negative sounding one :)
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