This insistence on the so-called "CA pain" seems to me overemphasized.
It's a one shot process.
Even if it takes 4 weeks for the paper to reach its destination, it does not
prevent anyone from starting to work on some contribution. The CA
needs to be in by the time the work is about to get published, not by the time
you start to contribute.
My writing is horrible, worst than a doctor, I hate filling forms by hand but I
was able to fill the CA, stamp it and drop it in the mailbox in less than 10 mns.
I live in Canada close to the US, I can understand the frustration if you have to drop
by your local post office if it needs to get stamped over there but one time
processes like this rarely benefit from an optimization.
I would be surprised that we end up with >250,000 contributors in the next
3 years. There is simply not enough Clojure wired brains out there to get to
numbers like the above.
If it ever happens, you can bet than Clojure Core will come out
with something to avoid being flooded by papers if it is legally feasible.
Laws in many countries have been slow to move to consider
electronic formats as legally binding documents.
This may well be why a written CA is needed considering that contributors come
different countries. What may seem obviously legal in one country may not be legal
at all in another.
Better documentation is to me by far a more urgent priority to attract newbies
than allowing CAs to be submitted electronically given the legal fees involved just
to get an opinion about its feasability.
> +1 to lowering the barrier to entry for contributing to the community.
> One of the much lauded features of Git is that it can be used to create a
> "network of trust". In principle this means you can open your repo up to
> anyone, but by being choosy about the pull requests you accept you can
> control what's going to get in.
> This is perfect for something like documentation.
> Also, as it's been said before, a pen and paper CA is a pain.
> On Friday, 5 October 2012 08:26:39 UTC-5, Mayank Jain wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM, Michael Klishin <michael....@gmail.com
> > > wrote:
> >> 2012/10/5 Michael Fogus <mef...@gmail.com
> >>> You say that as if it's a bad thing. I'm of the opinion that these
> >>> kinds of efforts should have a low barrier to contribution and be fun.
> >> My apologies, I did not imply that it is a bad thing, only that it is not
> >> entirely clear what direction the project
> >> will take. While for CDS it is pretty clear (at least to people who have
> >> started it).
> >> While we are at this fun stuff, can we also make the CA submission
> >> process fun?
> > +1
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