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Re: Changes to the New Maintainer (NM) system

On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 11:31:03PM +0000, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> Such applicants can be put 'on hold' (until they are better prepared)
> but this takes away time of an AM which could better be spent on
> someone who is actively contributing to Debian and who needs an account
> so he can effectively get his work done.

> The exact steps are like this: you agree with a prospective developer
> to recommend him and he signs up at http://nm.debian.org.  Then you
> have to go to this site, click on his name, follow the "advocate
> this application" link, put in your Debian login and press the 'submit'
> button.  You will then receive an e-mail with an auth key which you have
> to return GPG/PGP signed.  When this is done, the prospective developer
> will get an AM assigned who goes through the NM steps with him.

So instead taking away a bit time from the AMs, you are now taking away time
also from all other developers, who now have to care about an additional
buerocratic process. Nobody, not even the recommending developer, can be
sure that the motivation of an applicant to become a developer is serious.
It might just seem so for the time until the recommendation happens. It's
just more effort which is wasted on something else beside free software.


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