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

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I wrote:
My guess is that not enough non-maintainers apply for developership (possibly due to a widespread mistaken belief that the NM process is just for maintainers).

JC Helary wrote:
It is not a mistaken belief, it directly comes from:

It is a mistaken belief. That page is just poorly worded in this regard, if it makes you believe otherwise.

(Quote from the abovementioned page:)
Some ways of contributing (translating, writing documentation and reporting bugs) can be done by everyone and don't require developer status.

What that's trying to say is, applying for developership should not be the first thing to do in Debian; there are a lot of things you can do before you apply. Nowadays, showing prior work is required for an applicant to get anywhere in the NM process.

If maintaining _requires_ developer status

It doesn't, it just makes it easier.

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