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Re: Description of tasks (was: -= PROPOSAL =- Release sarge with amd64)

On Thu, Jul 15, 2004 at 01:24:41AM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> martin f krafft wrote:

> <snip>
> > My point is that I think there should be documents describing the
> > role positions and their exact extents. Moreover, the keepers of
> > role positions should be persuaded to extend these job descriptions
> > with all kinds of resources they have accumulated during their
> > terms. Such a document must be able to convey the extent of the job
> > and allow someone with enthusiasm and time to get up to speed in
> > short time.

> > Only with such document will Debian have a true democracy.
> ....or, indeed, a true meritocracy.  See below.

> > Up till 
> > then, it's closer to a meritocracy (I had to look that up)
> Except it isn't.  In a meritocracy, a new person who's more competent (for
> whatever reason -- perhaps because the old person was tired or busy) would
> take over quickly.  This does *not* happen.

> It's more like a quangocracy (rule of quasi-autonomous non-governmental
> organizations) or a squattocracy (rule by squatters).  The people who are
> in certain positions are there because they are there, more than for any
> other reason.

So you speak with such authority, surely this means *you've* approached
the mirror team personally, offered your assistance, and been turned

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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