About 1/4th to 1/3rd of the partners are people who haven’t been consistently active or part of the byte community, but instead have large platforms/showcase their work outside of byte. I assume it’s an invitation process to attract new people and communities to the byte app. Nothing wrong with that, although it’d be cool to hear from byte staff about their perspective so the community doesn’t have the wrong expectations and assumptions about what they’re looking for.
To take an excerpt from one of the partnership forum posts, there’s definitely people invited who break each of the specifics laid out. And that’s alright, just means that these requirements are loose.
Also good to keep in mind that the majority of partners are people extremely active on byte, and many great people have been given an opportunity thanks to this program. I’m glad this discussion was brought up, thanks