I'd really like to be able to answer the questions:
* How many core Fedora contributors are there?
* How many casual but long-term committed contributors?
* How about the long tail?
* How does this break down by various project areas?
I have the hypothesis that Fedora follows the "90-9-1" rule, with a
very active core, a larger engaged group that isn't as visible as
individuals but which collectively contributes a lot, and then a lot of
casually interested contributors who chime in occasionally. Is this
true? Do the numbers come down to close to 90-9-1, or something else?
Has it changed over time (opened up, or become more restrictive)?
Then, building on the stats Bee (and Pingou) put together following the
election.... another hypothesis: the average voter turnout of about 200
is an approximation of the highly-engaged group (at least where the
engineering side of the distro is concerned). Can you support or
disprove this with data? (From fedmsg, mailing lists, or anywhere?)
I also think that the same probably applies to Ambassadors and that
election, possibly with little overlap of the FESCo set.
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