[openstack-dev] Summit Core Party after Austin

Devananda van der Veen devananda.vdv at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 19:08:49 UTC 2016

On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM, Michael Krotscheck <krotscheck at gmail.com>

> Hey everyone-
> So, HPE is seeking sponsors to continue the core party. The reasons are
> varied - internal sponsors have moved to other projects, the Big Tent has
> drastically increased the # of cores, and the upcoming summit format change
> creates quite a bit of uncertainty on everything surrounding the summit.
> Furthermore, the existence of the Core party has been... contentious. Some
> believe it's exclusionary, others think it's inappropriate, yet others
> think it's a good way to thank those of use who agree to be constantly
> pestered for code reviews.
> I'm writing this message for two reasons - mostly, to kick off a
> discussion on whether the party is worthwhile.

The rationale for the creation of the first "core party" in Hong Kong was
to facilitate a setting for informal discussions that could bring about a
consensus on potentially-contentious cross-project topics, when there was
no other time or location that brought together all the TC members, PTLs,
and project core reviewers -- many of whom did not yet know each other.
Note that Hong Kong was the first summit where the Technical Committee was
composed of elected members, not just PTLs, and we did not have a separate
day at the design summit to discuss cross-project issues.

The first cross-project design summit tracks were held at the following
summit, in Atlanta, though I recall it lacking the necessary participation
to be successful. Today, we have many more avenues to discuss important
topics affecting all (or more than one) projects. The improved transparency
into those discussions is beneficial to everyone; the perceived exclusivity
of the "core party" is helpful to no one.

So, in summary, I believe this party served a good purpose in Hong Kong and
Atlanta. While it provided some developers with a quiet evening for
discussions to happen in Paris, Vancouver, and Tokyo, we now have other
(better) venues for the discussions this party once facilitated, and it has
outlived its purpose.

For what it's worth, I would be happy to see it replaced with smaller
gatherings around cross-project initiatives. I continue to believe that one
of the most important aspects of our face-to-face gatherings, as a
community, is building the camaraderie and social connections between
developers, both within and across corporate and project boundaries.


> Secondly, to signal to other organizations that this promotional
> opportunity is available.
> Personally, I appreciate being thanked for my work. I do not necessarily
> need to be thanked in this fashion, however as the past venues have been
> far more subdued than the Tuesday night events (think cocktail party), it's
> a welcome mid-week respite for this overwhelmed little introvert. I don't
> want to see it go, but I will understand if it does.
> Some numbers, for those who like them (Thanks to Mark Atwood for providing
> them):
> Total repos: 1010
> Total approvers: 1085
> Repos for official teams: 566
> OpenStack repo approvers: 717
> Repos under release management: 90
> Managed release repo approvers: 281
> Michael
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