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

On Thu, 06 Apr 2006, Benj. Mako Hill wrote:
> <quote who="Henning Makholm" date="Tue, Apr 04, 2006 at 02:32:26PM +0200">
> > Scripsit "Benj. Mako Hill" <mako@debian.org>
> > > I think that the fact that the upload keyring is the same as the
> > > voting keyring is bad. Contributors are told they can't vote
> > > until they learn C compiler flags.
> > 
> > Who tells contributors that nonsense?
> Have you read the NM process templates lately? They are what almost
> every contributor looking for enfranchisement sees.

That's primarily because the common case is a contributor who is
involved in package maintenance; for them at least a cursory
understanding of how the various flags affect programs that link
against library is important.

The T&S template for NM who are doing documentation[1] actually
doesn't even ask about compiler flags. Presumably NMs who are involved
in other bits of Debian will be asked questions that are more tailored
to the area of Debian in which they are contributing. [I personally
haven't yet served as an AM to someone who isn't doing the traditional
package maintainer route yet though... and since I'm not heavily
involved in those areas myself,[2] it's unlikely that I'd be
comfortable serving as an AM for contributors to those areas.]

As a final note, the templates are just that, templates. An AM is
relatively free to tailor the process to the job that the applicant is
actually performing. This is a bit more time consuming for the AM, but
it's ideal for applicants who are involved in non-traditional roles in

Don Armstrong

1: This is nm_ts.doc.txt in the nm-templates repository for those
following along at home

2: Well, beyond being involved in the licensing aspect of things,
Three little words. (In decending order of importance.)
 -- hugh macleod http://www.gapingvoid.com/graphics/batch35.php

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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