As we move towards more structured “modules” for the @Stan_Development_Team (Revised SGB proposal for voting on technical issues), we would like to formalize a recognition process for people who have had a substantial impact on the Stan project without necessarily writing lines of source code. To make this recognition process transparent, the @SGB is creating a new development module termed the Community module.
Creation of the Community module is intended (1) to ensure that committed users and other important stakeholders have a say in the governance of the Stan project through representation in the SGB electorate, (2) to facilitate organic formation of like-minded interest groups relevant to Stan, (3) to express gratitude for actions that are vital to the success of the project but which have not always received consistent recognition, e.g., creating educational materials, organizing StanCons, running relevant meetup groups, etc. As with all Stan Developers, the cumulative impact to the project from a Developer candidate should be substantial.
Membership in the Community module does not preclude membership in other modules. For example, someone can contribute code to the Math module and also be recognized as a member of the Community module for developing applied case studies. To become a Developer in the Community module, (1) self-nominate with a Discourse post summarizing your contributions to the Stan project and sharing your specific interest areas, and (2) have your Community module membership seconded by two existing Developers in the module or three Developers across the project. (A similar process will be rolled out for non-Community modules, with the goal being one unified process.) Anyone in at least one module by November 30, 2020 will be eligible to vote in the upcoming SGB elections.
Feel free to reach out to the @SGB with questions.