Re: [Hyperledger Project TSC] Proposal Template Rough Draft

Georg Link <linkgeorg@...>

Hi Vipin, 

thank you for making the initial proposal.
I think you already received some good feedback during the TSC call.

For everyone who was not on the TSC call earlier. Here are examples from other Collaborative Projects:

Further ideas might come from looking at Apache Incubator:

One question that I don't remember being addressed: who can be a technical champion. Does it have to be a TSC member (similar to the apache incubator) or can it be anyone?

Another topic brought up: what are "projects" within Hyperledger. 
From my understanding it is any initiative that furthers Hyperledger, including new features, modules (maybe in different repositories), or special interest sub-groups (QA-group ?). Basically anything that requires resources and the community should decide collectively whether to go down a certain path (commit to the proposed project).
- It might be helpful to include a "definition" to know for what to create a project proposal.


On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 8:47 AM, vipin bharathan via hyperledger-tsc <hyperledger-tsc@...> wrote:
Some thoughts on the proposal template which I had volunteered to help edit.
  1. The seeds of a new project proposal has to be vetted in a public forum like hyperledger-technical before creating a project proposal.

  2. It needs a technical champion who believes in the project and who should be the technical lead on the project. The project champion can change in the middle of the project.

  3. The proposal template for HyperLedger Improvement Proposal (HIP):
  • Author(s) name and contact details including email address, a short name for the project (less than 10 words).

  • Abstract (less than 50 word) description of the project.

  • The description and need for this project, substantiated by:

  • Technical details Effects on
    • Transactions- including confidentiality, signing, traceability, identity of participants, contracts (scripts)
    • Effects on User facing Clients that help with transaction formation (similar to Wallets in BTC)
    • Effects on the network, throughput, visibility to other participants, change in protocol if any, criteria for network participation
    • Block formation and ledger formation viz. Consensus algorithm, size overhead, effects on the throughput and rate
    • Cryptographic implications if any.
    • Backward compatibility (hard fork or updates by all network participants needed?)
    • Rough design and thought experiment (Gedanken Experiment) on the probable effects, if any
    • Address any possible objections and also support that came up during seed proposal from technical community on the lists.
    • Traceablity, testing criteria to gauge effects on installed base.
    • Any other technical details, including languages used, other technology needed and (preferably) public sources for additional tools and binaries
    • References and defense of why this is needed, especially if the same ideas have been already addressed in any other project.

  • Rough gauge of effort and resources committed (coders and any other resources that are needed) and timeline if available.

  • Readability which means following certain conventions. The style itself could be controlled by Chicago Manual Of Style say, explanation of abbreviations, references, diagrams. A proposal editor appointed from by the tsc could help with this. As technical people we often do not think about this aspect. This is extremely important as the clear statement of the problem and its technical details are helpful to elicit a solution in the community and prompt volunteers. This can be helped by having a proposal builder software or a template itself.

Any comments?

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