Re: Maintainer qualification
>>"Marcus" == Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de> writes:
Marcus> On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 03:35:53PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> Have we accepted that mediocrity is really our lot? What
>> happened to the quest for excellence? I joined an effort to create
>> the *BEST* distribution of linux, not merely a feel good, prolific
Marcus> How about accepting mediocrity to start with and striving for
Marcus> excellence while learning, over time.
No, Marcus. Mediocrity is not synonymous with inexperience --
I know a number of excellent people who would readily admit that
they do not know a field.
Marcus> You don't really need to know much to package a small game
Marcus> correctly. Wouldn't it be silly to burn highly skilled
Marcus> peoples time on easy tasks, or throw away a useful
Marcus> contribution regardless of where it comes?
I do not think so. Perhaps in an ideal world, where every one
knew their own limitations, and recognized boundaries, etc, and there
was miscommunication, or egos, etc. But in reality, hiring
incompetent people is a mistake.
Hiring excellent inexperienced people is not the same thing.
Marcus> I have seen excellent packaging from not so "skilled"
Marcus> developers, and bad packaging from skilled developers.
Mistakes happen. But if the packaging is consistently bad, I
would question the label skilled.
Marcus> I have seen a general improvement of Debian as a whole. To be
Marcus> honest, I am not even sure what all the fuss is about. We are
Marcus> doing nice integrating the work of mediocrity without loosing
Marcus> the over-all quality.
Famous last words.
Kleeneness is next to Godelness.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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