As a non-developer who secretely thinks having a @debian.org address is kewl, I would like to wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Collins. I'm glad that the people who make debian packages take them personally, and I think the work they put into becoming developers is part of that. Debian is about quality, and that doesn't come from an infinite number of monkeys making an infinite number of packages... On Monday, 04 December 2000 at 16:24, Ben Collins wrote: > Obviously you think I have this vision that me being a developers is this > "cool" thing that I want to keep from everyone else. Quite the contrary. > As someone who puts a great deal of time into the project, it has become > very personal for me. I want to make sure the Debian project is kept up to > standards. When Debian first started, only actual developers were bold > enough to even begin messing with it. Now, in this popular time of Linux, > everyone wants to be a Debian developer just to wear the name tag. We need > a way to keep the superficials out, while still allowing real honest to > god volunteers in. Allowing "everyone" to get in, and shitcan them later > is only going to make the administration harder, and get feelings hurt > (give them something, then take it back). Plus you have things where > people have been in the project for years and shouldn't get canned for a > few months of innactivity. So it would be hard to justify canning anyone > (currently you have to break some serious rules to get this). > > > > they want to do is send patches, file bugs, or just maintaine one package > > > of a program they author, then they don't really need to be a Debian > > > developer. > > This is silly. Being a developer entails some form of responsibility, even > if this is a volunteer effort. Not asking people to be responsible is > stupid. Also, if people are really that interested in working within the > Debian ranks, then they will be able to handle some time on the low end. > Obviously when you start working at Red Cross, you aren't given the same > responsbilities as a seasoned volunteer. You are also not given the same > access to facilities and decision making. You have to work your way up, > just like any organization. Like starting out in a company in the > proverbial "mail room".
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