Re: [all candidates] DPL salary
On 13/03/13 at 11:56 +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 01:31:08PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > For example, I would question whether one could do the role of DPL with a
> > conventional full-time job in IT, at least if you want to keep any other
> > hobbies outside of those two jobs. The amount of media and expected
> > travel to represent Debian is rather intimidating (particularly to an
> > introvert), as are the number of things that are relatively
> > time-sensitive and require a lot of effort.
> Thanks for providing the background for a question I wanted to ask!
> I totally agree with you and I'm worried about that. I've been lucky in
> having the flexibility needed to be DPL and I wish the same flexibility
> to the next DPL. But, in terms of Debian sustainability, I'm worried
> that we de facto rely on people having that kind of flexibility to be
> good DPLs. I believe we are losing, via preemptive self-selection, many
> good candidates (from IT or other fields) for precisely that reason.
> The ground shaking question to all candidates is then: what do you think
> of providing a DPL salary using Debian funds? I know it is a touchy
> topic, and I propose it on purpose :-P
In another mail:
> The broader question is than: what can we do to loose those blockers
> and profit more from the abilities that we do have in our community?
I think that providing a salary to the DPL would be an inefficient
solution to a real problem. Yes, we need to make the DPL position more
"manageable". More DDs should be able to apply. But there are many
problems with this proposed solution (the implication that the DPL is
supposed to work full-time and quit his/her job, for example).
I would rather prefer the DPL to share the load with others, using more
delegations and relying on a "DPL helpers / Debian Driving Force" team.