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Re: http://wiki.debian.org/FrontDesk/Tips

Enrico Zini dijo [Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 04:58:22PM +0100]:
> > > The first bit that I wanted to add to it was "Things to do before asking
> > > questions from the templates", where I'd like to condensate some of the
> > > things discussed during Debconf.
> > 
> > Ah.  Are there records of those discussions?  Was DAM involved?  It
> > seems to involve trying to reduce the templated questions asked so I was
> > wondering how as an AM you know if you've asked enough to satisfy FD and
> > DAM.
> The notes have been posted here:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2009/07/msg00034.html
> I think that the main thing that can be extracted from the notes to
> answer your question is this one:
>  - common sense is more effective that you'd imagine
> I'm neither part of FD nor DAM, but that was IIRC the consensus during
> the BOF.

A couple of weeks before this discussion, I was talking about this
same topic with Mako, who stopped by for some days in Mexico (and who
I am adding as a Cc: in case he does not follow -newmaint). He
strongly stressed that he never follows the template questions, and I
found his position quite sound. Although more time-consuming and
engaging for the AM (and possibly for FD+DAM at the review, as they
would not be familiar at all with the topics discussed), engaging in a
true conversation leading to find the weakest -or most interesting-
spots in an applicant's P&P and T&S.

Mako told me he used to push people to stay away from templates, but
is less pushy nowadays as he is less active/visible here. He told me
he would publish (at least in an AM-visible way) a couple of his mail
interchanges — I believe we can learn a bit from that approach. So,
this mail is basically to push him to do so :)

Gunnar Wolf • gwolf@gwolf.org • (+52-55)5623-0154 / 1451-2244

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