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Re: Advocating Balint Reczey <balint@balintreczey.hu>

On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 07:06:13PM +0100, Joost Yervante Damad wrote:

> > You are encouraged to take questions such as the following into account
> > but you're not limited to answering these:
> >  - How have they contributed to Debian already?
> Working on wireshark packaging. This is quite a big package with security
> support. He basically does all the hard work, I just do some final checking and 
> the uploading.

Is there a reason why Balint is not already a DM with DM-Upload-Approved
for wireshark?

(see http://wiki.debian.org/Maintainers)

> >  - What do they intend to do for Debian in the future?
> He wants to maintain wireshark and further use the maintainer status to have 
> more ease in fixing bugs within other packages.

My suggestion, just after reading your mail and having a quick look
around[1], would be to get DM right away, then apply for DD as soon as a
steady need arises for more.

Examples of "more" are, for example, reviewing uploads for other
people's packages, packaging new software from scratch, getting NMUs

While one can go through NM without ever having done any of that before,
and people have done so and are now excellent DDs, in my experience it
may be worth getting DM and joining NM after some months of getting more
involved, having a quick and fun NM, rather than joining NM early and
then spending boring months looking up answers for questions about
things one has not yet heard of, or does not yet care about.

At the moment I will consider this a mistargeted advocacy for DM. Please
let me know if I'm wrong, or otherwise please advise Balint to follow
the procedure at http://wiki.debian.org/Maintainers#BecomingaDebianMaintainer



The only reference to work on other packages that I could find is a
patch sent in april 2008 to fix #475540 on Erlang. The links on
also show little activity on packages outside of wireshark.
Of course what I found may be incomplete.
GPG key: 4096R/E7AD5568 2009-05-08 Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>

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