UPDATE:There was a MISUNDERSTANDING when writing this post: Someone applied for me to the Plone Foundation committee, or there was a bug in the Plone site workflow with a wrong ending. I never did an application, but I received a rejection for one. I must thank Paul Everitt for the professionalism, patience, explanations and time spent on that issue. Now the original and WRONG post if you are still interested on how it was:
I started contributing Plone with Catalan translations in the year 2003 (if my memory is not giving me false positives), when Plone was in the early stages and nobody was sure if it was going to be a breaking market product or another complex CMS with an unhappy ending.
But despite all I believed in it and decided to contribute it adding my native tongue to the application.
After a really complex process to start collaborating and submitting my work, I started to spend many hours translating lines, lines and more lines. Not only for the plone core strings itself but for some other products (even those I was not using). I put many efforts correcting strings from other contributors as well, in order to have the maximum possible quality, and not to say I've been the only mantainer for a long long time for my language.
Several weeks ago I decided to take up again the Plone translations to complete missing strings for version 2 and prepare Plone 3.0 before the big launch... but then I received a disgusting email:
From: Godefroid Chapelle < ... @... > Date: 07/07/2007 15:35 Subject: Your application for membership to Plone Foundation Hello, The Plone Foundation wants to inform you that your application for membership has not been accepted at this time. We have found that your contributions have not yet reached the level of the published merit guidelines. However, we want to say how much we appreciate the work you have already done with and for the Plone project and community. As your contributions continue, your merit will likely reach the threshold and we can re-evaluate your application. Regards -- in behalf of the Plone Foundation, Godefroid Chapelle (aka __gotcha), Membership committee
Instead of encouraging me to continue on my hard work and complete the 3rd version they come with the arrogance and they speak about what a privilege is to work with them. So I cannot be in the club anymore because I cannot reach the threshold they have established in a coffee-comitee.
I thought that I could take some vacations from version 2.5 to 3.0 (official unreleased), but in my back to work I've seen that
I am fired!
So, although it's going to be very hard for me living without the big fee Plone Foundation is giving me for my contributed work, at the well paid price of 0? per line, I think I'll manage in someway to pay my loan.
So, no Godefroid. You won't re-evaluate my application. You won't have such a big work again, I can assure this.
My plone-ca.po file is going to the trash right now, although I perfectly know you sue on this.
And for all you out there that need to localize your project into Catalan for free, I have no inconvenience in helping, but keep in mind that next March I need 15 days vacation for my honeymoon, so please, don't fire me in my vacation again. Thanks