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Common Terms

This page lists some common terms (also known as jargons) used in this document, along with definitions to help you understand them better.

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, as well as documentation work.

Unique contributor

Contributors are identified as unique based on their LF SSO accounts (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 is termed as Unaffiliated Contributor.

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 at 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 at the time of joining as members.

Dashboard

A dashboard is a digital tool that displays data and metrics in a visual format to provide a quick overview of key information. Dashboards are commonly used in business settings to monitor performance, track progress toward goals, and identify trends. They typically include charts, graphs, tables, and other visualizations that make it easy to understand complex data. Dashboards can be customized to show different types of information depending on the user's needs, and often include features like filters, alerts, and drill-down capabilities. By providing a clear and concise view of critical data, dashboards help users make informed decisions and take action based on real-time information.
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