[openstack-dev] [all] New code contributors no longer forced to join the foundation

Swapnil Kulkarni coolsvap at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 05:30:08 UTC 2017

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 4:58 AM, Jeremy Stanley <fungi at yuggoth.org> wrote:
> Due to improvements in the OpenStack Foundation member directory and
> our technical election tooling, it is no longer necessary to join
> the foundation as an individual member just to be able to submit
> changes through Gerrit for official repositories. You do, however,
> still eventually need to join if you want to be able to participate
> in technical elections (as a candidate or a voter).
> The Account Setup section[1] of the Developer's Guide has been
> updated to reflect the new simpler process, and a separate
> (optional) Eligibility to Vote in Elections section[2] has been
> added. This process change significantly simplifies the onboarding
> process for new code contributors by removing a very error-prone
> and, for many, eyebrow-raising hurdle.
> A little background: the Bylaws of the OpenStack Foundation Appendix
> 4 Technical Committee Member Policy[3] (section 3b) limits voter
> rolls for technical elections to Foundation Individual Members. It
> was never strictly required by policy to join the foundation if you
> only wanted to contribute code and had no interest in voting, which
> is not an entirely uncommon case for new contributors. Due to
> previous technical limitations in our systems we still forced new
> contributors to join, because that was the easiest way at the time
> to be relatively certain who was qualified to participate in
> technical elections. Now that we have a mechanism for verifying
> membership on demand when validating nominations and generating
> voter rolls, we have made the step of joining the foundation
> optional (though still very much recommended once you reach the
> point as a contributor where you want to participate in community
> governance processes).
> [1] https://docs.openstack.org/infra/manual/developers.html#account-setup
> [2] https://docs.openstack.org/infra/manual/developers.html#eligibility-to-vote-in-elections
> [3] https://www.openstack.org/legal/technical-committee-member-policy/
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> Jeremy Stanley
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Great, excellent step to reduce barrier to entry. Kudos!

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