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Re: RFC: Changing the NM system



On Mon, Dec 18, 2000 at 11:14:22AM +0900, Taketoshi Sano wrote:
> In <20001217225746.A1225@ulysses.dhis.net>,  on Sun, 17 Dec 2000 22:57:46 +0100,
>  Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de> wrote:
> 
> > And every developer has to answer such a randomly gnerated questionary four
> > times a year, so they prove that they are still interested in Debian and
> > their knowledge about it is up to date with recent policy and other
> > developments. No exception.
> 
> I think if we can create such questions and the correct answers, then
> it will be benefit for us.

Just for the record: I was trying to be cynical.

> I know there are already several good documents for us (such as
> developer-reference, packaging-manual, debian-policy, and so on), but
> their volume continues to grow, and it is not so easy to keep up with
> the current in every details (especially for those who are not native
> English).

You don't need to know every detail, only what is relevant for your
packages. Automated tools like lintian are helpful, too. A standards
version number in the package helps to keep track of what you already
achieved and what not.

> > OTOH, you risk to loose the contribution of people who think such a funny
> > quiz is better left to monday evening TV. I certainly wouldn't bother to
> > spend my time with them.
> 
> If that "quiz" is not the "exam to pass" at all, but a kind of "quick
> reference to the required knowledges in the Debian", how do you feel ?

Well, if you think that this is a useful and important thing to do,
then please volunteer to write such a document whenever a new policy
is released. Please post it to debian-devel-announce then. But don't
write it as a test, that is not helpful. Write it as a summary of recent
changes, in this way I can much faster get the information I need.

Every developer has their own way to keep informed (reading the mailing
lists, checking diffs between policy revisions, whatever). It's counter-
productive to try to force everyone into one particular way to keep track
of the changes. Offer diversity, and everyone will be satisfied.

> Maybe the well-created "quiz" will work to lower the barriers, I hope.

As far as it is only provided, and never requested back, ok.

Marcus



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