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Re: Re-thinking Debian membership

On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 06:12:48AM +0000, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Hi,
>         One of the issues I have with this proposal is that there seems
>  to be, by design, absolutely no consideration about skill levels or
>  quality of developers. I'll concede that the current process might not
>  do a great job of assessing quality of contribution, but it tries. The
>  new process does not seem to have any such effort.

My experience shows that we have been successfully driving away people
from DM, where it's mostly on a trust-link/peer review bases, than in
NM. There is a couple of people that do not deserve to be DD because
they are technically not good enough for the tasks they do in Debian.

Note that the whole point is to know that the person in question shall
know his/her limits, and know who to ask when in trouble. Not everybody
should be a top class programmer if what he/she'll ever do is packaging
pure perl extensions. OTOH the first time suck a package will be native,
I expect him/here to document him/herself and if unsure to go to the
right people. That's only an example of course, there are dozens of
examples of such people nowadays that I trust with their judgements to
not do anything foolish, beyond what they understand.

What we should test is that and only that (okay good understanding of
the project, and of the people, and so on is vital too, but I suppose
we're only discussing skil-wise).
·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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