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

Ben Hendrickson <bhendrickson@usa.net> writes:

> On 28 Jul 1999, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > If a sponsor has to read everything I write to check for backdors, he
> > could probably write the stuff himself and if he doesn't read it,
> > security is lost.
> > I'm against sponsoring, since I see it only as a waste of time to
> > other maintainers.
> This assumes the point of sponsoring is to get a new-maintainer to write a
> package for you.  This ignores that sponsorship would: 
> 	*Guarantee the new-maintainer team a minimum 
> 	 involvement from the new recruit.

Just do automatic processing of maintainer applications.

> 	*Guarantee the new-maintainer team a minimum 
> 	 competence from the new recruit.


> 	*Insure good, individual feedback to 
> 	 new recruits to start them off on 
> 	 writing packages.

Isn't the new-maintainer list supposed to do that?

> 	*Help involve a new recruit with other 
> 	 developers.

You don't need a sponsor for that. Also mainainers should be involved
with many other maintainers and not just with their sponsor. Again
new-maintainer should be for that.

> 	*Guarantee every recruit a small lasting 
> 	 responsibility to maintain one package
> 	 starting the day they are approved.

Whats that to do with sponsors? Also I think its a bad thing to force
a package on someone, some just wont do it. Some might just want to
help keep some arch up to i386 or fix bugs they notice.

> I previously personally vouched for the benefit to the new maintainer. 
> Would someone on the new-maintainer team care to speculate if the
> guarantees about new recruits would really be of any assistance to them? 
> I am vastly unqualified to speak on their behalf. 

I think its a good idea to have some maintainer to speak to personally 
and i think that in cases where such a thing is present and the
application is signed by that maintainer there could be a faster or
automatik processing of that application. The maintainer could then be 
called sponsor if you wish.

May the Source be with you.

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