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
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.