Jessie & Matt
Thank-you for raising and elaborating on the topic of how CNCF helps projects.
Personally I do not want "CNCF could do more to help projects" to be chiselled on my gravestone. I think the TOC, Contributors and project leads can ALL show some direction here, and I think we have to do so.
And so - Jessie & Matt & anyone else!
Please could you help me & Chris do something more about this.
Let's (again) make a list of what we think Incubated & Graduated projects really need, by talking with the project leads & others. This list needs to be in a shared public doc. Not everyone wants the same things, but there are themes.
* docs & project management
* community management
* project services (hosting, CI, etc)
* github wrangling
* community / contributor summits
* AR/PR help (esp: for projects that don't have 1-2 companies driving them)
* maintainer psychotherapy & creche ;-)
those projects need help with things the foundation can offer, money
for infrastructure, a place for shared IP it seems like it would be
obvious that they should be projects in the foundation, of course they
need to qualify etc.
Beyond neutral IP, I agree this is the most important thing the foundation provides, and IMHO CNCF does not do enough of it (there are so many things that high velocity projects need I could go on and on and on). Unfortunately, this is the area in which decisions will need to be made. There are limited funds and they will need to be allocated across the increasing portfolio of projects in the foundation, so clearly some decision criteria will need to be developed (whether based on graduation level or something else) to decide how funds are allocated and for what purpose (and unfortunately this in and of itself will involve politics).
I'm happy to see this conversation happening, as I ultimately I do believe that some level of choosing "favorites" is going to be required for the foundation to realize its full benefit to its most popular member projects.