On Wednesday 16 January 2008, Adeodato Simó wrote: > Lars Wirzenius, Stefano Zacchiroli and myself are trying to introduce > the concept of Debian Enhancement Proposals, which I had in mind for > many months until purely by chance, in the Extremadura QA meeting last > December, I brought it up to Lars, and together with Zack we produced an > initial draft. After some feedback on that draft and some later work, we > are now bringing it up for discussion here. Nice idea. > Creating a DEP > -------------- > > The procedure to create a DEP is simple: send an e-mail to > `firstname.lastname@example.org`, stating that you're taking the next > available number, and including the first paragraph of the DEP as > explained above. It is very important to include the list of drivers, > and the URL where the draft will be kept up to date. The next available > DEP number can be obtained by consulting <http://dep.debian.net>. Until I read this paragraph I was thinking that the initial proposals should maybe be announced on d-d-a so that at least all DDs could be informed about the proposal. I'm still unsure whether that would not be a good idea or not. Even if d-project is considered a better list for these announcements, the announcement should at least also mention where the DEP will be discussed. I also wonder if for more invasive proposals, a final draft proposal should not be published on d-d-a so that the whole Debian developer community has at least a last chance to comment. After all, a lot of people may not be interested in initial discussions and fleshing out of an idea but may well want to comment on a concrete proposal. One example for this. I know that Neil Williams has been working on "translation debs", mostly from the PoV of emdebbian, but with an option of a general implementation in Debian. I've seen some blogs about it, but AFAIK a concrete proposal has never been offered to the whole Debian community, even though it may have a major impact. Most DDs will not have been subscribed to the lists where this was discussed. Cheers, FJP
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