About the DPL teams
On Wed, 15 Mar 2006, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > (1) Did you join the (proposed) DPL team as an endorsement of the
> > candidate or the team concept, or because it seemed the best opportunity
> > for you to assist Debian in the event that candidate was elected?
> Since I'm in 2 teams I have to give 2 answers :
I felt the need to expand on that subject so I blogged about my views on
the DPL team concept for this year.
For your conveniency, here's a lynx -dump output :
Revisiting the DPL team concept
I have not been very much involved in this year DPL campaigning, but
I'm part of two DPL teams, thus I feel the need to give my point of
view on the subject.
I'm not really satisfied by how the current DPL team worked out, and
being on the DPL candidate team of both Jeroen and Andreas gave me the
opportunity to gather information on what really happened. Also I've
met Bdale yesterday and he gave me his opinion as well (and I really
enjoyed that dinner. Thanks bdale!).
Just for the record, I'll try to sum up what really happened: Branden
had agreed to be a participant of the DPL team concept, but wasn't a
major proponent of the idea. This, combined with his personal
problems, explains why he didn't make use of the full potential of a
Does it invalidate the DPL team concept? No, I don't think so because
the concept will evolve this year. Let's see how it can change.
Both DPL teams would this year receive all the mails sent to
email@example.com. This means that the members are involved from the
beginning and not only on request of the leader, which means that they
can pro-actively take over if they see that the DPL doesn't manage to
follow up up to its expectations (which hopefully won't be needed this
year). Furthermore I expect that the team would be informed of what
the DPL does, so that the team can give its opinion on everything
done, and prevent big errors (nobody is perfect, errors do happen).
But the most important thing is that the team should not stand behind
the DPL, but next to him taking initiatives, and I expect the DPL to
work with the team members for the best of Debian. As such I expect
the DPL to accept most of the proposals of his team if there's a
consensus on it, even if he doesn't personnaly think that's it's a
priority for his DPL mandate.
If I am part of an elected DPL team, I will work on that basis. I do
have many ideas to try, and will make proposals. I ran once for the
DPL election, and if you check my platform, you can see that I
always had ideas for Debian and you can see that I worked on several
of them which are nowadays very common (such as the PTS, alioth,
collaborative maintenance). I won't miss an opportunity to get the
project moving forward.
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