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Larry brought up some good points related to "lurking" in the community.  By 
"lurking", I mean using VCL without anyone else in the community knowing it.  
There are other open source projects where you are really expected to be a 
lurker for a while until you gain a good understanding of things.  Our 
community is not that like that!  If you ask a simple question, no one is 
going to flame you for being a newbie.  Please speak up if you have questions!  
We're available and happy to promote the progress of VCL.  :)  If you're using 
VCL, we'd love to hear from you, especially if you have modified it in some 
way to meet your needs.  Wouldn't it be nice to be able to install the next 
version of VCL without having to apply your changes again?  That can be done 
if you contribute them back to the project.  Also, there may be others who 
would like the same features you have added, even if it is something simple.

I'm just trying to get more people to become vocal parts of the community.


On Thursday, May 10, 2012 3:13:02 PM Dr. Larry Burton wrote:
> I suspect there are many users (may I say leechers?) like me who come
> often to the VCL website to get code and directions, but do not take the
> time to note the utility of VCL. To me, VCL meets my expectations of an
> Apache project. First, it works. Second, it is useful. Third, there is
> sufficient documentation to allow me to get the software up and running.
> I've been coming to the site for more than a year, and I've noted steady
> improvement -- especially the inclusion of XCAT.
> I recently posted some scripts to automate the installation of VCL. My
> comments and scripts are in the confluence CMS. In my case,  I was
> reluctant to post out of a feeling of "not wanting to interfere" with
> the project. I wonder how many others have suggestions and tips to
> improve VCL and feel the same way? I would support graduation if for no
> other reason than "project" status makes contribution more inviting.
> VCL is technically mature, so it is time to start adding related
> materials such as more utility scripts, use cases, and an unending
> supply of documentation. It is okay to have multiple contributions on
> how to install, geared toward different levels of user competence in
> related topics. VCL has as a foundation many other open source packages.
> Reuse is good, but not everyone is prepared to "install MySQL" or "open
> vi and ..." The latter strikes terror to a large group of users that
> want to just get on with using the package. This was my motivation for
> automating the installation.
> I do not disagree with the areas for improvement others have noted in
> this discussion, but I do not see any of those as a reason not graduate
> the project.
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