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[opensuse-project] Naming registered members of openSUSE
  • From: "Rajko M." <rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:20:01 -0500
  • Message-id: <201007030820.01594.rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx>

We started discussion about name for openSUSE "members" in another thread and
then it stopped.

I vote for name "Core member" as it describes what current "member" is and
avoids permanent confusion that we had with additional meaning that we gave to
word "member".

It is intuitive that Core members are those:
- that create core of project and distribution,
- have sustained activity in some of project areas (activities)

I would like to propose to introduce one more category of members that will be
source for Core members, a "Distinctive contributor". That will be those that
give a lot more then average contributor, but don't have sustained activity,
or at least not long enough to be considered as sustained.

Chat does not qualify as contribution :)

If someone wants to complain that this brings inequality in community, then
let we see how to compensate those that are not only takers and entice more
giver behavior to show up, without any process that will acknowledge the
difference in activity.

There is not many people in the world that work without reward.
There is also not many that can live and act with minimal social interaction.
In order to address needs of majority we can either pay them or give
recognition. Keeping all equal is not a good option.

In small projects where everyone knows everybody, there is no need for formal
recognition. With project of openSUSE size, with 12164 people that found time
to create entry in and 426 that applied for
membership and are approved there is no chance that everyone knows everyone,
so there is a need for formal recognition.

Regards Rajko,
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