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Re: Third call for votes for the debian project leader election 2006

Hi everyone :)

I haven't been able to keep up with debian-devel, so I missed this, until my notification program [1] flashed up the mail with this subject.

So I'm trying to publicize it among people who may not read this list. The election has had a small turn-out, which I think has to be due in some degree at least to people not knowing about it. ;)

On 02/04/2006, at 12:20 PM, Debian Project Secretary wrote:

NOTE: The vote must be GPG signed
(or PGP signed) with your key that is in the Debian keyring.

I think this might also either discourage people or produce invalid votes.

*** How do we know if our PGP key is in the Debian keyring? I don't.

Thanks for any help you can offer with clearing this up. I'm particularly interested in Jeroen van Wolffelaar's statement:

 Communication among Debian contributors

The major issue we are faced with currently is that a lot of time is wasted on unproductive mailing list discussions, keeping people from doing real work, or worse, driving people away from our central lists. An even more important problem with this situation is that it drives away people from the Debian project as a whole, there are numerous examples of people leaving Debian for this reason, or simply not joining. This needs to improve. For a project like Debian, it is essential to have a list like debian-devel with the vast majority of the regular contributors on it, rather than the current situation of having too regular Debian contributors not being subscribed due to the state of the list.

I will push for the adoption of a code of conduct. I do feel strongly about that mailing lists should be able to provide a forum for productive technical discussion, where one can ask questions to and get a reasonable result. If some people are not able to contribute to this, but rather hurt the discussion, action must be undertaken. If peer pressure does not help, this may include such things like posting delays, moderation of certain individuals, and in extreme cases, banning from mailing lists. I will work with the listmaster team to see whether they are willing to facilitate this, or whether there needs to be a new team of people performing this moderation.

as we have identified this issue (hostile behaviour on mailing lists and IRC channels) as a barrier to participation, especially among women (a recent FLOSS survey shows only 1.5% female participation).

Particularly with a low voter-turnout, each of our votes will count. Let's make a difference, and vote to change some of the things which aren't the Debian we love and want to support.

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhóm Việt hóa phần mềm tự do)

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