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Common Terms

This page lists some common terms (or otherwise called jargons) that are used in this document, along with their definitions for a better understanding of those terms.

Contributor or Technical Contributor

A contributor is an individual who has performed any code-related activity during a given time period. Code-related activity includes any kind of activity started with a commit, issue, pull request, or changeset, and documentation work.

Unique contributor

Contributors are identified as unique based on their LF SSO accounts (or otherwise called LF IDs) or their source identities using which they have been contributing. For example, if a contributor named Jon Snow has already claimed 3 different identities, each from GitHub, Gerrit, and Jira, they will be counted as one identity when computing contributors for the contributions coming from these sources and those 3 identities.

Active Contributor

An active contributor is someone who is actively contributing to the code activities during a given time period.

Drifting Away Contributors

A contributor who has been active in the last year but has not performed any coding activity in the last 6 months from any point of time within the given time period is called a drifting away contributor.

New Contributor

A contributor who contributed for the first time during the given time period.

Corporate Contributor or Affiliated Contributor

A corporate contributor (also called an affiliated contributor) is an individual who is contributing code on behalf of an organization, i.e., who is affiliated with an organization other than Individual-No Account for the time period when the contribution was made. If a contributor has multiple organization affiliations, each organization will qualify as a contributing organization.

Independent Contributors

A contributor who has either chosen 'Individual-No Account' for their affiliation to the project (from Individual Dashboard) or has been assigned the 'Individual-No Account' affiliation for the project by a Community Manager or LF staff (Community Management) is called an Independent Contributor.

Unaffiliated Contributors

A contributor whose organization affiliation to the project has either expired or is currently defaulted to 'Individual-No Account', i.e., the individual themselves have not provided any affiliation are termed as Unaffiliated Contributors.

Active Organization

An organization that is affiliated with an active contributor is called an Active Organization. During the selected time period, if a contributor has multiple affiliations, each organization will be treated as a contributing organization.

Linux Foundation Members

Members are organizations that join the Linux Foundation or any project of the Linux Foundation, such as Hyperledger, LFX Networking, CNCF, and so on. These organizations become LF members based on the membership tiers chosen by the organizations during the time of joining the Linux Foundation.

Member Organization

Member organizations (also called members) are the organizations that join the Linux Foundation or any project of the Linux Foundation, such as Hyperledger, LFX Networking, CNCF, and so on. These organizations become LF members based on the membership tiers chosen by the organizations during the time of joining as a member.

Dashboard

A dashboard is a data visualization that displays analytics metrics and important data points for an organization, a project, and other data on a single page.