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A code contributor to Tiki.
Anyone who has committed a contribution to SVN is a Development Partner. They can use the Tiki logo and the phrase: "A Tiki Development Partner" on their website and marketing literature.
For example, I (ricks99) have contributed code to SVN. Therefore, I can use the phrase "Rick Sapir is a Tiki Development Partner."
If an individual contributor also represents a commercial company, for example, Nelson Ko/Citadel Rock, they too can use the phrase. For example, "Citadel rock is a Tiki Development Partner."
Since anyone who asks can become a code contributor, there is no change to the existing process.
Being identified as a Development Partner is in no way an endorsement by the Tiki Association.
A person or company that has promoted or otherwise contributed to Tiki and the community, or instances in which Tiki has cross-contributed to an event or product.
This could include:
Alternative proposed names:
A person or company that financially profits from supporting or promoting Tiki.
Of course, many Commercial Partners are probably also Community and Development Partners, too. These are the companies and individuals who will represent Tiki to their customers (and the world!).
I think that being identified as an "Official Partner" carries a lot of "weight" and is a de-facto endorsement by the Association. As a result, the process to become an "Official Partner" should be more formalized. Some ideas: