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Re: On maintainers not responding to bugs



On Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 10:47:09PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Le Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 02:19:17PM +0100, Pierre Habouzit a écrit :
> 
> >   The mail you are answering to was against forums, not really against
> >   the BTS btw.
> 
> Bonsoir Pierre,
> 
> I have lurked a bit on the ubuntu forums, and found "intersting"
> threads. For instance, some persons wrote about doing a sort of medical
> Ubuntu project, and then realised that debian-med was alive, and wrote
> at the end of the thread that being less people with less experience,
> they could not do better than us.
> 
> The conclusion I took after reading this is that there are people (often
> young) eager to find a niche in which they can be leaders (this is also
> how I interpreted one of your previous email). The question is wether we

  My point was not becoming a local leader, but having a place in the
team where my opinion matters. No need to be a leader for that, at all.
E.g. I've  never ever felt beeing in the place of a leader in the KDE
team, there even was nothing like a leader in it. And I shall say, it
was, and think still is a very nice team to work with, I enjoyed the
people in it a lot.

> should try to attract them, and if yes, where and how. Maybe having a
> way to quantitatively evaluate bug triaging and giving conditional
> access to some reward could for instance motivate untrained persons to
> contribute ? The reward can be as simple as using the score to provide
> some social status on communauty websites. For instance, in the forums
> of Ubuntu, people have more or less brown coffee grains (to suggest that
> they are stronger ?).
> 
> I have tried a few fishing experiments when Google brought me on places
> dealing with free medical or bioinformatical software, and I have to
> admit that for the moment my fish basket is empty. But if it is in
> forums and other platforms which we deem sub-optimal there that people
> who have energy to spend are, isn't it where Debian should go if it
> wants to increase its manpower ? I will continue to do opportunistic
> fishing for a while...

  Any kind of help is welcomed IMHO. Point is, if we _have_ to invest
time to fish contributors like you say, those will have to be worth the
investment, hence meaning that they should have a high probability to
become regular contributors.

  Youngs people are often enthusiastic, a lot, but I'm not sure this is
the kind of people that gets things done either. Note that I don't say
it's not worth trying, it's just that I would not do that myself, I
_think_ it's too time consuming when you balance it with the gain for
debian. I may be wrong.

-- 
·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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