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First edit of the Open Community section

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@ -3,19 +3,19 @@ Open Community
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One of our core goals is to maintain a healthy, vibrant developer and user
community. Most decisions are made using a lazy consensus model. All
processes are documented, open and transparent.
community. Most decisions in the community are made using a lazy consensus
model and all processes are documented, open and transparent.
The technical governance of the project is provided by the community
itself, with contributors electing team leads and members of the Technical
Committee.
All project meetings are held in public IRC channels and recorded.
Additional technical communication is through public mailing lists and is
All project meetings are held in public IRC channels and are recorded.
Additional technical communication is through public mailing lists and are
archived.
"Open Community" is the critical piece of the Four Opens puzzle. It embodies
the key difference with single-vendor controlled open source projects. It is
the key difference from single-vendor controlled open source projects. It is
about ensuring that the community is a cohesive, inclusive, level playing
ground where all the voices are heard and anyone can rise to leadership
positions.
@ -44,13 +44,12 @@ Open Community defines how to best align these forces through:
Common Mission & Goals
----------------------
A strong mission statement is one
of the most critical elements to achieve a healthy open source community. It's
imperative to outline a long term vision that is focused, but not overly
constrained. A strong mission statement helps define the community values and
provides a guide to make decisions and prioritize activities. It also helps new
contributors and adjacent communities quickly understand the goals of the
project.
A strong mission statement is one of the most critical elements to achieve
a healthy open source community. It's imperative to outline a long term vision
that is focused, but not overly constrained. A strong mission statement helps
define the community values and provides a guide to make decisions and
prioritize activities. It also helps new contributors and adjacent communities
quickly understand the goals of the project.
Getting the current stake-holders input and buy-in is key to the success.
Typically a mission statement is developed in the early days of the project
@ -72,9 +71,9 @@ projects are just another group, so they need governance in order to avoid
decision apathy. There needs to be a place where the buck stops, with a clear
strategy in place to how to solve problems before they arise.
It is tempting, especially amongst tech people, to start with no rule, to to
It is tempting, especially amongst tech people, to start with no rules and to
make them up as you go along. This is anarchy as a form of governance, and a
community formed under the absence of rule will naturally resist later
community formed under the absence of rules will naturally resist later
organization, as something they did not sign up for and resent.
It is also tempting to crown the project's initial creator as the "benevolent
@ -104,17 +103,16 @@ Allowing for replacement
generally encourage turnover.
Distinct groups call for distinct governance bodies
If a community is made of
disjoint groups with little to no overlap in membership, and those groups all
need decisions to be made, then they probably need to each have their own
governance body at that level.
If a community is made of disjoint groups with little to no overlap
in membership, and those groups all need decisions to be made, then
they probably need to each have their own governance body at that level.
Avoid vanity governance bodies
There is no point in having a governance body where there is nothing
to govern and no decision needed. Not every group of people in a
community needs a governance body.
There is no one-size-fits-all implementation of those basic rules that would
There is no one-size-fits-all implementation of these basic rules that would
work for any project. The size of the project is a critical difference.
Sometimes a multiple-level structure to properly balance autonomy and
consistency.
@ -148,8 +146,8 @@ Code of Conduct
its start. However, creating a path for conflict identification and
resolution at the start can head off issues before they balloon out
of control and alienate valuable contributors and community members.
Make the code of conduct carefully crafted, but also prominent, part
of larger strategy to be inclusive and diverse. The OpenStack
Make the code of conduct a carefully crafted, but also prominent, part
of the larger strategy to be inclusive and diverse. The OpenStack
Foundation initially adopted the Ubuntu Code of Conduct when
establishing its own.
@ -171,8 +169,8 @@ Code of Conduct
and gives the Foundation staff a clear process to follow and removes
the emotion from the process.
Check the health of your community as you go. Do you have something similar
to the following?
Check the health of your community as you go. Do you have something
similar to the following?
Groups that advocate for minorities: A working group to help ensure
projects and teams within the community are following the code of conduct
@ -218,7 +216,7 @@ community. OpenStack initially started collaborating with Google Docs, but
ultimately realized that we excluded a large portion of the world where Google
products were inaccessible/unavailable.
Host meetings in way that can be archived and searched so that the
Host meetings in a way that can be archived and searched, so that the
conversations are accessible to all time-zones and participants who do
not speak English as their first language. Internationalization
(translation, tool choices like google docs, time-zones), in general,
@ -239,7 +237,7 @@ Branding & positioning
----------------------
Branding and positioning is an example of collaboration across forces
and product definition including tools and processes.
and product definition which includes tools and processes.
Develop with stake-holders, open to community Some degree of
collaboration is useful and necessary, but only to an extent. This is
@ -317,7 +315,7 @@ problems. OpenStack Days Industry events
Education & On-boarding
-----------------------
Goal to make the barrier to entry as low as possible. Clear,
The goal is to make the barrier to entry as low as possible. Clear,
discoverable and digestible documentation Recorded and real time
on-boarding sessions - webinars, f2f sessions at events Suggest
training the trainer - creating a toolbox and guidelines to provide

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