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Re: Re-thinking Debian membership - take #1: inactivity

On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 05:34:19PM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
> Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 11:52:11PM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
> >> But I know that there are/will be DDs which do infrastructure stuff only, and
> >> rarely upload packages. Such DDs should never be regarded as MIA, of course.

> > I am not convinced of this.  Infrastructure contributions are necessary and
> > valuable, but we don't admit people as Debian Developers on the basis of
> > infrastructure contributions, nor to work on infrastructure; they become
> > developers to work on the distribution. 

> The infrastructure is essential for our distribution, same for
> documentations an translations. I can't see a reason why such people
> should not be able to become DDs.

Because it implies a professional "priest caste" separate from the
developers who will inevitably drift away and lose the perspective needed to
understand the concerns of people actually working on the distro?

Because people who are trusted with this critical infrastructure earn that
trust by being developers first, not by coming in as unknown outsiders and
volunteering to be given control over infrastructure tasks?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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