Re: [New maintainer] Working for Debian and becoming a registered Debian developer
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> Hello everybody,
> you may or not be aware that getting a Debian developer is quite long. I
> want to propose a solution to facilitate the integration of new
> Debian developers.
I don't see it as significantly better than what is already there.
Worse, it assumes that the group in charge of processing new
maintainers are actually negligent. I'd rather think that they were
doing their job as best as they could.
Theoretically, the new maintainer team should be processing new
maintainer applications as they are submitted, as their volunteer time
allows. If they aren't keeping up, it should mean that they have less
volunteer time available for the job. If someone doesn't hear back
from the team for months, it should mean that the team is overwhelmed
and lack the time, not because they are being ignored.
> If the sponsor finds that you've done a good job with the package, he
> will explain that to the new maintainer team in the hope that your
> application will be processed faster. And when you'll be
> official Debian developper, you'll be able to change the Maintainer field
> to your name.
The suggestion that you need a sponsor to vouch for you in order to get
your application processed over politicises the new maintainer process.
It isn't in the current rules, and quite frankly leaves a bad taste in
Simply put: If the NM team doesn't have the time to process an
application, a vouch by a sponsor shouldn't help. If the NM team does
have the time to process an application, a vouch by a sponsor shouldn't
Buddha Buck firstname.lastname@example.org
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