We have some rejections coming up - no, really this time.
Essentially, the plan is what I outlined a long time ago with some
The different types of rejection
There will be three types of rejections: weak, strong and ultimate.
Weak rejections are for applicants I'm unconvinced should become a
developer. The NM committee can override my decision if 1/4 of the
committee decides that the applicant should be approved.
Strong rejections are for applicants where I strongly believe the
applicant shouldn't become a developer. Again, this decision can be
overturned by the NM committee, though only if 2/3 of the committee
Ultimate rejections are for applicants who are not going to become
developers (on my watch), period. This sort of rejection would
obviously be exceptionally rare.
The NM committee
An AM is a member of the NM committee if a) they are not marked as
inactive (i.e. if they haven't retired as an AM) and b) if they've
approved an applicant in the last six months. A listing of all NM
committee members can easily be generated with the following SQL query
(DB newmaint on nm.debian.org):
SELECT name, email FROM manager
WHERE login in (SELECT DISTINCT manager FROM applicant
WHERE age('now'::date, decision) <= '6 months')
AND is_active IS TRUE ORDER by email;
The current members are:
Bas Zoetekouw | email@example.com
Domenico Andreoli | firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Small | email@example.com
Daniel Silverstone | firstname.lastname@example.org
Duncan Findlay | email@example.com
Fabio Massimo Di Nitto | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Hartman | email@example.com
Ivan Kohler | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joerg Jaspert | email@example.com
Scott James Remnant | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin M. Rosenberg | email@example.com
Luca Filipozzi | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilmer van der Gaast | email@example.com
Martin Loschwitz | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Nelson | email@example.com
Rene Engelhard | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Frost | email@example.com
Front Desk and DAM are also members of the NM committee; though the
latter doesn't have a vote.
The mechanics of a rejection
A rejected applicant will be put on hold in the database and the NM
committee and applicant will be notified. For the applicant's
benefit, the rejections will be discussed on a private mail alias for
the NM committee (which has already been created and the members are
on it. ) However, the applicant can opt for a public discussion if he
or she wishes. Applicants can put forward arguments against their
rejection and they can also ask Debian developers to write references
for them and these will be taken into account during the discussion of
the NM committee.
During the NM committee discussion, a member can only vote to override
the DAM's decision if he has arguments for this.
Reapplying after a rejection
Except in the case of an ultimate rejection, applicants can re-apply
when they feel that the reasons which lead to their rejection do not
apply anymore. For each rejection, the NM committee will tell the
applicant the soonest that they can re-apply. For weak rejections,
this must be more than 6 months and more than 12 months for strong
Thanks (as usual) to Martin for working with me on this issue and
helping to draft this mail.