[ZF] Getting started, committers.

Mark of opensourcexperts markp at opensourcexperts.com
Sat May 13 12:49:49 EDT 2006

Hey Jim,

Thanks for getting the ball rolling for the committing members.  
Should we also discuss on this list role of the "Associate Members".

 From a marketing standpoint I like "Contributing Member" more than  
Associate Member but regardless of what you want to call it the  
membership fee should be under 100 USD so that as many people as  
possible can afford it (not the close to 300 USD that is currently  
pencilled in).

The higher the member count the better as it serves as a vital metric  
for just how many people use/benefit from Zope and these membership  
dues will generate funds to finance infrastructure projects.

I had sent Rob a draft:

"Contributing Member"

Contributing Members help finance the Zope Foundation's work  
including grants. Grants in particular are used to finance major  
enhancements to the Zope ecosystem. Enhancements that may benefit any  
sofware using Zope including Plone, Silva, CPS, Issue Tracker, and  

This membership type is recommended for anyone who uses/benefits from  
Zope related software and would like to improve or enhance Zope but  
has either no time or lacks the coding skills to become a committing  



On May 12, 2006, at 10:51 PM, Jim Fulton wrote:

> The Foundation was created legally some time ago.  We need to get a
> board elected so we can start making decisions.  One of the first
> steps is to get committer members.  I wanted to get this started a
> couple of months ago, but, at the last minute, I read the committer
> agreement for the first time and saw some issues that we needed to
> address.  Sigh.
> Anyway, we have a committer agreement at:
>   http://www.zope.org/DevHome/Foundation/ 
> ZopeFoundation_Committer_Agreement_v6.pdf
> My intention is to invite the 67 people who committed to the source
> code repositories between January 1, 2005 and May 11, 2006 to become a
> committer.  I'll be sending invitations using zope.org email  
> addresses,
> so if you expect an invitation, you might want to double check that
> your email address is up to date.
> I've attached a draft invitation letter.  I'd like to send invitations
> this coming Monday.
> I guess we should decide soon when to hold the first board election.
> Questions? Thoughts?
> Jim
> P.S., I'm not in charge.  I'm not volunteering to be in charge.  I'm
>       just helping out with some of the logistics to get things
>       started.  :)
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> You are invited to become a Zope Foundation Committer.  Zope
> Foundation Committers can vote for Zope Foundation board members and
> will have access to the future Zope Foundation Software Repository.
> You are receiving this message because you checked into the Zope
> software repository between January 1, 2005 and May 11, 2006.
> To become a member, you need to fill out the committer agreement at:
>   http://www.zope.org/DevHome/Foundation/ 
> ZopeFoundation_Committer_Agreement.pdf
> Note that you and your employer, if any, need to fill this out.
> You can submit it in one of 3 ways:
>   - Send the signed agreement to the address indicated on the  
> agreement.
>     (I don't recommend this option if you are outside of the U.S.)
>   - Fax it to the number shown the agreement.
>   - Email the scanned agreement to the email address shown on the
>     agreement, legal at zope.org.
> An email acknowledging receipt of the agreement will be sent so that
> you can know whether we have received it.
> Let me know if you have any questions that are specific to you.
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