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Re: Third call for votes for the debian project leader election 2006

On 2006/04/05, at 21:53, Frans Pop wrote:

On Wednesday 05 April 2006 14:27, JC Helary wrote:
Besides, the systematic use of "developer" is also confusing and to
clarify things should be replaced my "member" as is also hinted in
the same document.

You cannot change the word "developer" to "member" without changing the
Debian Constitution [1] ...

[1] http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Well then there is a problem since the glossary in:


Member, Developer:
A Debian Project member, who has gone through the New Maintainer process and had their application accepted.

So obviously, members are developers and developers are members.

Also in the constitution there is clear reference to developers=project members in 5.1.2

2. Lend authority to other Developers.

The Project Leader may make statements of support for points of view or for other members of the project, when asked or otherwise;

Problem is, the systematic use of "developer" supports an exclusive maintainer->developer->voter frame of mind when the use of contributor->member->voter would have a totally different impact.

Obviously it is not a procedural modification that is at stake here, but a linguistic one (and we are back on topic).

The constitution does not need to be changed since it already acknowledge implicitly that project member and developer are equivalent terms.

What needs to be modified is the "Debian New Maintainers' Corner", to provide an unambiguous wording as to what kind of contribution and what kind of process are required by a contributor to apply for project membership.

Jean-Christophe Helary

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