Re: [Fwd: [RFC] Making NM 'by recommendation']
Martin Michlmayr <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote (on debian-newmaint-discuss):
> I have recently seen an increase in applicants who are unprepared or
> don't even respond to my initial or follow-up messages. I have the
> strong suspicion that this is related to the fact that it's really
> easy to sign up for NM -- simply enter your name and e-mail address,
> and there you go! You no longer have to think how serious you are
> about it and what you want to do for Debian.
> My proposal is this: You can no longer apply to become a Debian
> developer yourself, but instead you need an existing Debian developer
> to recommend you. Nothing in the NM system changes except of the
> application itself. The developer who recommends another person as a
> NM is not responsible for him or has to go through the NM process with
> him (the latter will still be done by an AM) -- so this recommendation
> is no report to the DAM, but simply the entry ticket to the NM
Many AMs promptly responded that the first paragraph agreed with
their experience, and endorsed the proposal in the second paragraph.
No one in Debian is in a better position to know the truth of these
facts than those who give their time to the new maintainer process.
I believe Martin's proposal is a very sound approach to solving
the problem he cited. If people object to this as improperly elitist,
they are clearly mistaken. As Manoj has pointed out, Debian _is_
unashamedly elitist, in the best sense of the word.
As a minimum first step, if Martin's proposal is bogged down in
a typical -devel flamewar, I suggest that applicants be required to
actually write an e-mail rather than fill in three boxes on a web
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