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

> [ Large crosspost to start the discussion, please reply to debian-devel
>   only. Simply respect the reply-to. ]
> Hello everybody,
> you may or not be aware that getting a Debian developer is quite long. I
> want to propose a solution to facilitate the integration of new
> Debian developers.

I don't see it as significantly better than what is already there.  
Worse, it assumes that the group in charge of processing new 
maintainers are actually negligent.  I'd rather think that they were 
doing their job as best as they could.

Theoretically, the new maintainer team should be processing new 
maintainer applications as they are submitted, as their volunteer time 
allows.  If they aren't keeping up, it should mean that they have less 
volunteer time available for the job.  If someone doesn't hear back 
from the team for months, it should mean that the team is overwhelmed 
and lack the time, not because they are being ignored.

> If the sponsor finds that you've done a good job with the package, he
> will explain that to the new maintainer team in the hope that your
> application will be processed faster. And when you'll be
> official Debian developper, you'll be able to change the Maintainer field
> to your name.

The suggestion that you need a sponsor to vouch for you in order to get 
your application processed over politicises the new maintainer process. 
 It isn't in the current rules, and quite frankly leaves a bad taste in 
my mouth.

Simply put:  If the NM team doesn't have the time to process an 
application, a vouch by a sponsor shouldn't help.  If the NM team does 
have the time to process an application, a vouch by a sponsor shouldn't 
be necessary.

     Buddha Buck                      bmbuck@zaphid.dhis.edu
"Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so the strength of our
liberty depends upon the chaos and cacaphony of the unfettered speech
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