This document is descriptive, not normative. It aims to help those who are new
to the Incubator learn its ways and netiquette.
The usual advice applies. If you are not familiar with the way mailing lists
work at Apache, read this.
Please ensure that your mail client is correctly configured. In particular, post only plain
text emails to these lists. Apache spam filters may reject HTML emails.
The incubator is a public meeting place with a diverse and ever-changing community.
Creating social bonds and establishing a reputation is important. Please be polite,
courteous and diplomatic.
When in doubt - ask on
Help to improve the system by posting a patch for this document to the
of JIRA or a comment to
On The General Mailing List
general.AT.incubator.apache.org is an public list with open subscription.
All are encouraged to subscribe, read and post their opinions in the usual way.
Anyone can by their words influence the decision-making process and may vote on
However (as is usual) only the votes of those on the
Incubator PMC are binding.
As A User
is anyone who uses our software. Most Apache projects have active user
communities who are willing to provide help. This is not always the case with incubator podlings.
To gain the maximum benefit from any immature project (as many podlings are),
adopt an active attitude.
Read On Contributing
Understanding Open Source.
Become a developer (in the Apache meaning of the term).
As A Developer
At Apache, a developer
(aka contributor) is anyone who actively helps to develop our software. This includes more than just coders
and documenters. For example, anyone who joins in discussions on the mailing lists or answers questions
from users is also a developer.
Apache is a
DO-ocracy. The first step along the road leading to
committership is to become a developer. For more information start with
How Apache Works
and the developer documentation.
As A Committer
is anyone with write access to the source repository. Election to committership in the Incubator
works a little differently from the process that is usual elsewhere at Apache.
Once a podling has been bootstrapped, developers are nominated
and election to committer happens in the usual way.
When a proposal is just a candidate,
there are two possible approaches (for those interested in committership).
The proposal typically
contains a list of initial committers.
When a podling is bootstrapped, this list is used by the mentors to set up initial accounts.
So, one way to become a committer for a podling is to be listed on the proposal as an initial
The right way to express interest is by a post to the list with a brief introduction.
Piling onto a proposal (by adding your own name as an initial committer) is impolite.
A podling needs to learn how to recruit new committers from its developers. So,
another way is to show up on the list and start helping with the development.
This path will help the podling more than adding your name to the list of initial committers.
As A Mentor
Anyone with knowledge of open source or Apache can participate as a informal mentor
for a podling. Development is open and anyone with an interest is encouraged to
Eligibility to act as a formal
limited. The best way for an eligible
individual to become a Mentor is to post a note introducing him- or herself
and volunteering their services to
during the development of the proposal.
On The Incubator PMC
Apache Members are encouraged to join the
Incubator PMC. Post a note to the Incubator PMC private list.
Those who aren't members may be elected in the usual Apache way (though
this is rare). Typically these elections are held on private lists.