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    1. Proposed GitHub Permissions Model Use Cases

Note: 'organization owner', 'organization member', 'repository owner', 'repository admin', 'repository write', 'outside collaborator', and 'repository read' are technical terms regarding various GitHub permissions. See the [README][1] for a description of what they mean.

Let me introduce you to:

  • Fran, a member of the PMC and a organization owner of `apertium`
  • Ilnar, a repository admin of `apertium/apertium-tur` and a organization member
 of `apertium`
  • Sushain, a contributor with repository write access to `apertium/apertium-tur`
 and a organization member of `apertium`
  • Shardul, a person who is not currently involved with Apertium but wishes to be

Listed in that order, if one person can do a certain action, then all people above that person can also do that action, for the scenarios below.

      1. How Shardul begins to contribute

Note: for Apertium, step 1 below is often skipped, but I'm including it here as a good practice.

        1. Step 1

1. Shardul forks `apertium/apertium-tur` to create `shardulc/apertium-tur` and makes some

 commits to `shardulc/apertium-tur`. So far, Apertium knows nothing about Shardul or his
 new code.

1. Shardul opens a pull request from `shardulc/apertium-tur` to `apertium/apertium-tur`,

 essentially saying "please review my changes and add them to
 `apertium/apertium-tur`". Depending on their notification settings, Sushain, Ilnar,
 and Fran receive emails about this pull request.

1. Sushain takes a look at Shardul's changes. He thinks they are good, but he leaves a

 few comments about what Shardul can improve. Shardul tries to fix the comments by making
 more commits to `shardulc/apertium-tur`.

1. Sushain is satisfied with his changes and merges the pull request. Now

 `apertium/apertium-tur` has the same code as `shardulc/apertium-tur`.

At the end of this sequence of events, Shardul still has the same permissions he had at the beginning.

        1. Step 2

Shardul has contributed a number of pull requests and wants to be able to commit further code without necessarily having it reviewed by Sushain or Ilnar.

1. Shardul emails Ilnar or the `apertium-stuff` mailing list. 1. Ilnar thinks it's reasonable, and makes Shardul an outside collaborator for

 `apertium/apertium-tur` with repository write access.

1. Shardul starts making commits directly to `apertium/apertium-tur`.

Now Shardul has gained repository write access to `apertium/apertium-tur`.

        1. Step 3

Shardul is still not a organization member of `apertium`.

1. Shardul emails `apertium-stuff` about wanting to be an organization member. 1. Two existing organization members, including Sushain, reply to that email

 seconding his request.

1. Fran notes that the two conditions required to become a member as per

 Apertium's [by-laws][2] are satisfied: Shardul has contributed code in the past, and he
 has two existing members seconding him. Fran makes Shardul an organization member of

`apertium`.

As an organization member, Shardul can:

  • know who the other members are (the ones not marked private)
  • view, create, talk to, and lead [teams][3]
  • use [project boards][4] to plan projects
    • Note**: Shardul's write access to repositories has *not changed* and so far, he only has write

access to `apertium/apertium-tur`. For other repositories, he can either follow steps 1 and 2 again and receive access from other maintainers like Ilnar, or (rarely) Fran can directly give him write access.

      1. How `apertium/apertium-tur` is released

1. Sushain creates a [draft release][5] in `apertium/apertium-tur` and emails Fran or

 `apertium-stuff` about the planned release.

1. Fran replies, saying that the release is approved. 1. Sushain publishes the draft release.

Now the release will show up publicly on the `apertium/apertium-tur` releases page and Sushain will be able (through the API) to view download counts for the release.

Technically, Sushain has the permissions to publish the release by himself, but the [by-laws][2] say that releases must be approved by the PMC.

      1. How `apertium/apertium-tur` is managed

Here, management includes setting up continuous integration, webhooks that trigger automatic actions on commits/pull requests/issues/..., deploy keys, deleting the repository, shifting from staging to trunk, etc.

1. Shardul, Sushain, Ilnar, and other contributors discuss what they want to do via email

 or the issue tracker.

1. Ilnar changes settings accordingly.

Note that this process does not involve Fran at all.

      1. The Turkic-language team

Shardul, Sushain, Ilnar, and many other contributors have started working on various Turkic languages. As a group, they would like to discuss Turkic-language projects, use planning boards, and let new contributors access all the Turkic-language repositories at once. They want to form a [GitHub team][3].

        1. How the team is created

1. Shardul creates a team called `turkic-devs` under the `apertium` organization and adds all the relevant contributors. 1. Shardul sends an email to `apertium-stuff` requesting that the `turkic-devs` team be given access to `apertium-tur`, `apertium-tat`, etc. As Ilnar is an experienced developer for Turkic languages, Shardul also requests that Ilnar be made team maintainer. 1. (optional) Fran removes and adds members of the team. 1. Fran grants the requested permissions and makes Ilnar the team maintainer.

Now Ilnar can add and remove members of the team and can add or remove the team's access to repositories.

        1. How the team functions

The `turkic-devs` team has a discussion page. Any organization member of `apertium` can participate in discussions with the team. Unless they turn off notifications, team members are notified when: - a team discussion is started - their username is mentioned in a team discussion - someone replies to a discussion they have been involved in

In any issues, pull requests, comments, etc. the team can be mentioned as `@turkic-devs` and the members will be notified depending on their notification settings.

The team can also use [project boards][4] to plan projects. This is not a feature specific to teams, but can be an important part of a team's workflow. Any contributor with write access to a repository can use project boards for that repository, and any organization member of `apertium` can use organization-level project boards.

 [1]: https://github.com/sushain97/apertium-on-github#organization
 [2]: http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/By-laws
 [3]: https://help.github.com/articles/about-teams/
 [4]: https://help.github.com/articles/about-project-boards/
 [5]: https://help.github.com/articles/about-releases/
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