[this article is available online at https://s.apache.org/DiEo ]

By Kevin A. McGrail

The Apache Software Foundation is not a democracy.

It's an elitist organization that does not support an innate right to
vote. We aren't capitalists because you can't buy a seat on our board.
We aren't socialists since we place building working communities over
software. Monarchy doesn't fit because Kings and Pawns work together as

What we are is a Meritocracy. To be able to have a say, you have to
prove your worth in a system of merit. Meritocracy is a key part of The
Apache Way. With it, the ASF creates amazing software with amazing
people that continues to change the way the world computes.

Merit has no basis on Age, Sex, Religion, Ethnicity, Race, Country of
Origin, Sexual Preference, Social Status, Income Level, Lineage, and/or
Physical/Cultural Traits*.

In honor of The Apache Way, the ASF has created two wristbands to share
with the tech community. The first is silver and announces our

The second, because merit is NOT rooted in biological differences, is
brash and bold in Red announcing "do I.T. like a girl".  The idea comes
from Code Like A Girl wristbands coupled with a small bit of double
entendre to start a conversation about improving inclusion.

If you'd like some wristbands, they'll be debossed in a single color
like the pictures at https://s.apache.org/DiEo . Just send me an email
at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org. I'll try and send out as many as I can
for free. If you like/hate the idea, feel free to send me an email as
well and tell me what you would do differently.

* NOTE: We do take into serious account whether you are a Cat or a Dog

Kevin A. McGrail is a cybersecurity expert and open source advocate who
loves stopping spammers. He got involved with the ASF when the Apache
SpamAssassin project joined the foundation in 2004. Today he still helps
the SpamAssassin project while also serving as an executive officer and
VP of Fundraising.

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"Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the
processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence
https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick
https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making
https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers
https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of
contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me
https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community

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