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Re: Advocating Edward Betts <edward@debian.org>

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 08:04:48AM +0000, NM Front Desk wrote:
> Auth-Key: nmauthd5844342d8beb15532e78dbfafdcbb34
> Applicant: Edward Betts <edward@debian.org>
> Why do you advocate this person? (please provide a 5-10 line summary).

I learned to know Edward at Debconf 0 in Bordeaux and met him at two
other conferences.  Working together with Edward in whole night bug
squashing parties was real fun and I would regard Edward in the years
2000 to 2005 as a very active Debian developer.  Yes, he just was a
Debian developer but missed those pings and lost his DD status
completely.  I think that it is not a good sign that he was missing the
pings or did not came to the conclusion to resign himself.  I asked him
for the reasons of his absence and he gave a very plausible sequence of
private reasons.  Moreover Edward never seemed to have stopped his
engagement in Free Software in general.
> 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?

As stated above he was a DD in the past.  I learned him to know as great
bugsquasher, very helpful in case of problems and he also cared for some
fun in Debian: I always liked his graphings of DD-locations, key
connections using xplanet (Edward, do you intend to update this?)

>  - What do they intend to do for Debian in the future?

Edward has an open ITP and I guess he will have more in the future.

>  - How do they interact with others, such as users and other developers?

I had always fun interacting with him and I thing it is true for
others as well.
I really hope for a fast tracking to enable Edward to become a DD quite
quickly again.

Kind regards and thanks for your NM work



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