Re: Third call for votes for the debian project leader election 2006
"cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)" <email@example.com>
> The 'Maintainer' in NM is a misnomer, I understand it is possible to go
> through NM as a translator or documentation writer.
I also had replies from Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt and Eddy PetriÅ?or
saying similar things. The first two paragraphs of the NM Corner
seem to stress that only maintainers need be developers, then
there's an explanation that developers can upload anything so
we need to verify technical skills, before the intro finishes
by suggesting sponsorship.
Looking in more detail, Step 4: Tasks and Skills does say that
other contributions are possible, but suggests that these are
special cases needing extra agreement from FrontDesk and DAM.
I reviewed the last year of "New Maintainers" reports and found
7+2+2+1+1+5+1+4+2+11 = 36 new maintainers, but only one seemed
clearly a translator/writer and there were four that I'm not
sure about (package teams make it hard to tell sometimes).
We've thoroughly queered the pitch now, but how many translators
or documenters believed they could go through NM?
(There are the other general concerns about NM too, such as
an average of 200 days waiting for DAM at present.)
> So maybe what we need to do is to rename NM to NC (new contributor) with
> subpages detailing the differnet T&S for the different classes of
How about calling it New Developer if that's what it should be?
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