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Re: [New maintainer] Working for Debian and becoming a registered Debian developer

On Thu, Jul 22, 1999 at 01:14:05PM -0400, Carl Mummert wrote:
> I don't understand why an application, if sent in proper format, could not
> be automatically processed

Because automata cannot check that there is a real person behind that
email address.

> You want to make it hard for new maintainers to join debian.

Maybe we don't want people like you who have no patience?

I waited five months, although that was unusually long a time.

> Moreover, you want them to do what YOU want them to do (WNPP)


> 'Application' is a very strange word for something that is essence of the
> open-source movement:

Debian is not something whose membership can be taken.  It is granted.
Most of the time the applications are approved.  I am yet to see *any*
organisation that did not keep any control over who gets to be a member:
one that didn't would be trivial to take over by anyone with the will
and a little support from others outside the organisation.  Say, by MS.

%%% Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho % gaia@iki.fi % http://www.iki.fi/gaia/ %%%

   "... memory leaks are quite acceptable in many applications ..."
    (Bjarne Stroustrup, The Design and Evolution of C++, page 220)

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