Since its inception, the Recognized Developer program was meant to acknowledge the best of XDA’s developers. Thousands of our members have applied over the years, and hundreds have been recognized for making core contributions to the development of mobile devices. During that time, the RD program has grown and evolved to serve the needs of our developers and the community as a whole.
In order to maintain the validity of our RD program, we must retire those who are no longer active or who do not meet the minimum requirements. We want the RD title to be indicative of an active developer who is making contributions to the development community on an ongoing basis.
The Developer Committee will be undertaking a review of all current RDs. Many of our RDs have moved on to other projects and are no longer active on XDA, while others may fall a bit short of our new requirements and guidelines. The DC will be looking at all of them on a case-by-case basis and determining their status as an RD.
The RD title has always been intended to recognize ongoing contributions from our developers, rather than to bestow a lifetime achievement title. Those who no longer meet the requirements for being an RD will have their titles changed to “Retired Recognized Developer,” as an acknowledgement of their previous efforts. We hope this will encourage some to be more active in the future and bring new projects to life.
It should take an estimated 2-3 months to complete the reviews, and RDs will only be notified of a pending change. RDs who received their titles after the update of the minimum requirements on the 15th May 2013 will be exempt from this review. Please be patient with us during this process and refrain from sending any “Will I be cut?” queries to the DC account. The committee members hope to finish up as quickly as possible and will be extremely busy during this time.
Finally, should someone want to reapply after being retired, they will receive priority by the Developer Committee. (Keep in mind that there was a reason for the retirement, immediately reapplying probably won’t yield any result.)_________