Am 4. August 2017 13:27:16 MESZ schrieb Chiyuan Zhang <>:
>1. There are some people who contribute to MXNet due to something else
>(e.g. he used MXNet in his project and would like to contribute back
>examples, or bug fix, or new operators, etc.)

Many Apache projects are building software where end users are developers, not 
unlike what happens at mxnet I suppose.

Now from what I've seen a common pattern for successfully recruiting new 
committers, growing and diversifying communities is a scratch your own itch 
approach: I know of several ppl who came to an Apache project as mere users, 
who started fixing things they needed fixed and who became committers to 
projects before they knew what was happening to them. In my experience those 
are the people who turned into project members who stayed longer than anyone 
else, they had a vested interest in staying. Often over time these people 
turned into Foundation members, helping out in various ways, e.g. mentoring new 
projects entering through the incubator.

From my experience, my advise would be to treat everyone on any of your lists 
as potential committer. Instead of trying to protect the project from evil by 
locking down access try to establish a project vision and contributing 
guidelines that make it easy to get involved in the right way - whatever that 
means for mxnet, community over code is core to how the foundation works 
because at the end of the day your project lives and dies with ppl being 
interested in spending time on it (or not).

That shouldn't imply that it's not a good idea to write down how to become a 
committer, you'll get that question often soon enough and will get tired 
answering it ;)

Hope this helps,

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