Bug#817914: developers-reference: globally change "new maintainer" into "new member"
Holger Levsen <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi Holger,
> yes, a patch to fix this would be awesome! Many thanks in advance! :)
Patch is attached!
In fact, this member/maintainer/developer naming thing is somewhat tricky,
and sometimes it's also irritating IMO (at least for people being new to Debian).
However, this is because the documents have developed over time, so the
document has probably been written in times where only the developer role
was existing, and later the maintainer role and then the member role has
Therefore, it's of course not possible and also not useful, to substitute
all "maintainer" into "member" and the like (think about phrases like
"maintainer script" and "maintainer field in control" and ...), which are
still correct and will not be renamed into "member script" or "member field".
This only as a explanation, why not all occurrences of "maintainer" have
been switched to "member".
(Yes, this relativizes the bug title a bit :-) )
I hope I got it mostly right.
Holger Wansing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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diff --git a/beyond-pkging.dbk b/beyond-pkging.dbk
index 5051bef..bead81e 100644
@@ -386,7 +386,7 @@ to learn them?
It's also a good idea to know where they stand with respect to Debian: do
they agree with Debian's philosophy and do they intend to join Debian?
-Given how easy it is to become a Debian Maintainer, you might want
+Given how easy it is to become a Debian Member, you might want
to only sponsor people who plan to join. That way you know from the start
that you won't have to act as a sponsor indefinitely.
diff --git a/new-maintainer.dbk b/new-maintainer.dbk
index 50392a1..6228dc5 100644
@@ -4,7 +4,7 @@
<!ENTITY % commondata SYSTEM "common.ent" > %commondata;
-<title>Applying to Become a Maintainer</title>
+<title>Applying to Become a Member</title>
@@ -75,7 +75,7 @@ that list and an experienced developer will volunteer to help.
In addition, if you have some packages ready for inclusion in Debian, but are
-waiting for your new maintainer application to go through, you might be able
+waiting for your new member application to go through, you might be able
find a sponsor to upload your package for you. Sponsors are people who are
official Debian Developers, and who are willing to criticize and upload your
packages for you. Please read the debian-mentors FAQ at <ulink
@@ -88,28 +88,28 @@ If you wish to be a mentor and/or sponsor, more information is available in
-<title>Registering as a Debian developer</title>
+<title>Registering as a Debian member</title>
Before you decide to register with &debian-formal;, you will
need to read all the information available at the <ulink
url="&url-newmaint;">New Members Corner</ulink>. It
describes in detail the preparations you have to do before you can register to
-become a Debian developer. For example, before you apply, you have to read the
+become a Debian member. For example, before you apply, you have to read the
<ulink url="&url-social-contract;">Debian Social
-Contract</ulink>. Registering as a developer means that you agree with and
+Contract</ulink>. Registering as a member means that you agree with and
pledge to uphold the Debian Social Contract; it is very important that
-maintainers are in accord with the essential ideas behind
+member are in accord with the essential ideas behind
&debian-formal;. Reading the <ulink
url="&url-gnu-manifesto;">GNU Manifesto</ulink> would also be
a good idea.
-The process of registering as a developer is a process of verifying your
+The process of registering as a member is a process of verifying your
identity and intentions, and checking your technical skills. As the number of
people working on &debian-formal; has grown to over
&number-of-maintainers; and our systems are used in several
very important places, we have to be careful about being compromised.
-Therefore, we need to verify new maintainers before we can give them accounts
+Therefore, we need to verify new members before we can give them accounts
on our servers and let them upload packages.
@@ -193,7 +193,7 @@ cryptography even for authentication is forbidden then please contact us so we
can make special arrangements.
-To apply as a new maintainer, you need an existing Debian Developer to support
+To apply as a new member, you need an existing Debian Developer to support
your application (an <literal>advocate</literal>). After you have
contributed to Debian for a while, and you want to apply to become a registered
developer, an existing developer with whom you have worked over the past months
@@ -206,14 +206,14 @@ register on our <ulink url="&url-newmaint-apply;">application
page</ulink>. After you have signed up, your advocate has to confirm your
application. When your advocate has completed this step you will be assigned
an Application Manager who will go with you through the necessary steps of the
-New Maintainer process. You can always check your status on the <ulink
+New Member process. You can always check your status on the <ulink
url="&url-newmaint-db;">applications status board</ulink>.
For more details, please consult <ulink
url="&url-newmaint;">New Members Corner</ulink> at the
Debian web site. Make sure that you are familiar with the necessary steps of
-the New Maintainer process before actually applying. If you are well prepared,
+the New Member process before actually applying. If you are well prepared,
you can save a lot of time later on.
diff --git a/resources.dbk b/resources.dbk
index 20f514f..a9598c3 100644
@@ -4,11 +4,11 @@
<!ENTITY % commondata SYSTEM "common.ent" > %commondata;
-<title>Resources for Debian Developers and Debian Maintainers</title>
+<title>Resources for Debian Members</title>
In this chapter you will find a very brief roadmap of the Debian mailing
-lists, the Debian machines which may be available to you as a developer, and
-all the other resources that are available to help you in your maintainer work.
+lists, the Debian machines which may be available to you as a member, and
+all the other resources that are available to help you in your work.
@@ -1064,9 +1064,9 @@ example by filing bugs or when possible fixing the reference.
-<title>Goodies for Debian Developers and Debian Maintainers</title>
+<title>Goodies for Debian Members</title>
-Benefits available to Debian Developers and Debian Maintainers are documented on <ulink
+Benefits available to Debian Members are documented on <ulink
diff --git a/scope.dbk b/scope.dbk
index 6f320f7..71a36e4 100644
@@ -11,7 +11,7 @@ procedures and the available resources for Debian developers.
<!-- FIXME: rewrites -->
-The procedures discussed within include how to become a maintainer (<xref
+The procedures discussed within include how to become a member (<xref
linkend="new-maintainer"/>); how to create new packages (<xref
linkend="newpackage"/>) and how to upload packages (<xref linkend="upload"/>);
how to handle bug reports (<xref linkend="bug-handling"/>); how to move,