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Re: AM Report For Robin Verduijn

On Sat, Feb 03, 2001 at 03:41:43PM +0100, Josip Rodin wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 03, 2001 at 03:16:54PM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > > But when he doesn't know about lintian that means he hasn't even read
> > > > the "Debian New Maintainers' Guide" [1]. I think we should expect from
> > > > a new member of Debian who wants to maintain packages that he has at
> > > > least read the (good) documentation for beginners, shouldn't we?
> > >
> > > Or didn't read all of it, read it and then forgot about the bit with
> > > lintian while actually making the package build or whatever.  It's
> > > certainly not a good thing but I think it's a little extreme to reject
> > > things out of hand based on it.
> > 
> > My point is: Is the applicant at the point that we can say "tasks and
> > skills check passed" or not? If not, this doesn't mean that he can't
> > become a member of Debian but that he should work on his skills before
> > he'll get accepted.
> FWIW I also think that the AM should assist his NM more when he notices that
> the NM needs the assistance.
> (nothing personal Gopal)

Precisely! I always thought that part of the AM's task was to educate
and mentor. I don't mind doing that to an extent. Some of my
applicants were obviously quite advanced both in packaging skills and
in the policies and procedures of debian, while some others were
enthusiastic, but seemed to need more hand-holding. I would strongly
argue that we can't really tell which one of the above would end up
contributing more towards Debian!

Adrian, give the new maintainers a chance! We all started as newbies
on the learning curve. 

When an applicant demonstrates that he can fix the problems when
pointed out, I deem that he has demonstrated ability in "tasks and


Gopal Narayanan <gopal@debian.org> <gopal@astro.umass.edu>
Debian GNU/Linux Developer
Dept. of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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