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Re: [opensuse-project] Naming registered members of openSUSE
  • From: "Bryen M. Yunashko" <suserocks@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 19:14:34 -0500
  • Message-id: <1278634474.6195.122.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 16:59 +0900, Satoru Matsumoto wrote:
(2010/07/08 9:18), Bryen M. Yunashko wrote:

Our current approved membership is based on merit. If you
contribute substantially in one form or another, you can become a
member. It is a form of appreciation, and this group of people are
contributors. (Perhaps rename openSUSE Member as openSUSE

IMHO, we will make the same mistake again if we use the word
'Contributor' as a name for 'specifically distinguished contributors who
have brought a continued and substantial contribution to the openSUSE

I appreciate the comments you've made and your points are very valid in
this email. No opposition from me. But the point of my injection into
this thread was to get us to stop focusing on "NAME" and focus on

Let's debate the functionality of the group(s) as I have proposed. Then
after we get that figured out, then a naming convention will fall in

I refer to my mother's most favorite quote that I often have repeated to
others.... "Form must always follow function."


One of the biggest reason why 'member' is not a good name for such
contributors is, the word 'member' is a general noun and used in various

Refer to 'openSUSE:Community' page, for example.

There's a mention:
"... Some people think that anybody using openSUSE is a *member* of the
community. Others think that being a *member* requires some sort of
involvement: subscription to a mail list, registration as wiki editor
through the Novell login, helper in the forums, regular use of an
openSUSE IRC or other active involvement. In fact, if you think you are
a *member*, want to be a *member*, ask if you are a *member*, then you
probably are one :-)."

This mention is starkly inconsistent with our existing membership.

The word 'contributor' also is a general noun and used in various
contexts in our community as 'person who contribute to openSUSE (or, any
other upstream projects)'.

Everyone who contributes to openSUSE is a 'contributor', whether (s)he
is applied or not. Renaming 'Member' to 'Contributor' will just make
another problem - there will be 2 kind of contributors, contributors who
are applied by Board and who are not yet applied.

I'm sorry I can't propose an alternative idea because I'm not a native
English speaker, but I hope someone else will propose better names.


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