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Re: Search Debian New Maintainers

Hi Enrico,

Again, as spoken before, question 3 (like all questionnaire) is not
compulsory. Feel free to ignore it if you like or to specify their

Important to say that, so far, I couldn´t find any material or
research about the motivations that leads someone to become a Debian
Developer so I decided to try and figure out this aspect from Debian
Developers. Unfortunately, probably because of the question 3 limited
options, some people found this question insulting or an attempt to
create a stereotype to Debian Developers. But I truly can tell to you
and to all Debian Developers that this is not the intention of this
questionnaire. The true intention of this questionnaire is to add some
merit to a scientific research and nothing more than that.

To conclude, I´d like to say that all yours comments are really
helping me out. Thanks!


2008/8/22, Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 08:55:38PM -0300, Litia Maga wrote:
> > > > Question 3: Why did you decided to be a Debian Maintainer?
> > > > (   ) Because I like the project ideals
> > > > (   ) To improve my professional career
> > > > (   ) I like challenges
> > > > (   ) Because It's fun
> > > > (   ) Because I hate Microsoft Windows
> > > > (   ) Other (please specify):
> > About the question 3, I apologise if you felt insulted. It really
> > wasn´t my intention. Fell free to ignore the question if you want. But
> > it´s important to say that this question will help me to determine
> > what drives someone to become a Debian Developer even through such
> > hard process as the New Maintainer Process.
> I am also interested in that question, but for different reasons: what
> is the source of those 5 example motivations?  Is there some existing
> literature that shows that those are the most frequently found
> motivations for free software contributions?  In that case, I would be
> interested in reading it, so I would be grateful if you could give me a
> pointer.
> There has already been a vast amount of research on Free Software, and I
> wish to start seeing some research that builds on other people's
> results, instead of continuously reinventing the wheel.
> If however those are just 5 categories that you improvised (I hope this
> isn't the case, but IF this is the case), how do you plan to analyse the
> data to make sure that the results are representative of the actual
> motivations of the sample surveyed rather than just a confirmation or
> disconfirmation of your own stereotypes?
> Ciao,
> Enrico
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