The first step in the contribution process is to open a ticket. Please do so through JIRA and not through GitHub. This ticket can be created by anyone with or without a CA. It is OK to create a ticket and submit a patch at the same time, but please be aware, if the ticket is later rejected, the time spend developing the patch will be lost. Therefore it is recommended that coding on non-trivial patches should be postponed until after the vetting process. One possible advantage to submitting a patch before the ticket is vetted, is that it might be vetted and screened all at once by the screener, if they choose to do that, saving some time.
After a ticket has been created it must be vetted. The “vetters” are a group of people who have been assigned the task of providing high-level validation of tickets. For example, if someone submits a ticket that says “We should make all data structures mutable”, the vetters will most likely reject the ticket on the spot. However, a reproducible bug report affecting existing code will most likely be vetted without much ceremony. Several steps can be taken by ticket authors that will help insure that their request makes it through the vetting process in a timely fashion.
1) If the ticket represents a bug, please give example code of the problem. Vetters are asked to verify all bugs. A un-reproducible bug will be rejected outright.
2) If the ticket represents a feature request, please provide some extra information about the request that explains why the feature is needed, and why it cannot exist as a separate library in Clojure contrib. Often this extra information is a link to a mailing list discussion, an IRC log, or perhaps it evolved out of a conversation with Rich Hickey. In general, the more context given for a ticket, the more likely the it is to make it through the vetting process.