Re: Bits from the ftpmasters
Thomas Hood wrote:
On Fri, 18 Feb 2005 02:00:13 +0100, Anthony Towns wrote:
martin f krafft wrote:
You have absolutely no right to demand /anything/ of me, /at all/. What
you get from me is precisely that which I choose to give; and when
you're actively insulting me, that's absolutely nothing.
There are people
who want information from you, and those people have a right to this
information because it is *our* project, not yours.
I'll try to address a question of principle here; I don't want this to
be interpreted as making a comment on any individual's conduct.
I think that mfk's request for information (quoted) was addressed to ajt
as an ftpmaster, not as a private person.
Well, that's nice and all, but there's absolutely no difference between
me as a private person and as an ftpmaster -- my work on Debian is done
*as* a private person, not as an employee, or under any other formal
relationship. Further, the governing document of Debian *specifically*
indicates that no one has *any* right to demand anything of me, except
that I not actively work against the rest of the project.
With a position of responsibility come, erm, responsibilities.
So while I completely understand this sentiment, it's also completely
and utterly inappropriate in the context of Debian.
If you want other people to do things for you in Debian, you need them
to want to do it, you can't just go around trying to make life
unpleasant for them if they don't.
I realise that's nothing like the norm in the rest of life, and that
it's not easy and convenient, but it's the way things are. Think of it
this way and extrapolate, perhaps: just because you can have a volunteer
military, doesn't mean every volunteer project will have military style
command and control.
Because Debian is a volunteer project it is always possible to shed
responsibility, but the way to do it is to resign one's position.
And again, I'm sorry, but you're simply wrong on this score.