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Re: Review of personal information sources in Debian

Ciao Enrico,

On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM, Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org> wrote:

> Indeed: nm.debian.org is currently the authoritative database for the
> status of people contributing to Debian, and it already tracks, for
> example, DMs and people with guest account.

This is news for me, and it looks like a very useful starting point.
And it just made me discover sso.debian.org, that's great news too!

> It kind of lends itself to be such a centralised place. I've already
> been giving some thinking at allowing people to tailor how their
> identity is exposed, and that was one of the reasons for doing this
> review.

I couldn't see what the NM site allows me to do (I created a password
in db.debian.org, but it seems to take some time to propagate, adding
this info to the login page might be useful). But I concur that
managing one's identity would be good. I'd also add to that a way of
managing the different email addresses associated, because that's the
main problem I see for integrating different sources of information
about one person. Currently, many tools in Debian still don't
recognise that tincho@ and martin.ferrari@ are the same person.

> Code is at http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=nm/nm2.git;a=summary
> What did you have in mind?

Something very similar to this, but I thought I would have to rely on
alioth. Having this information in the main LDAP tree is much better.

What is not completely clear to me is how people get in there in the
first place. I see the LDAP directory now has ou=users, but I didn't
find instructions in the NM site. The other thing is that I don't see
anything that would encourage people to create an account unless they
want to start the NM process. I don't know if this is intended to be
that way or not, but what I envision is a database where all
contributors could be found, specially contributors that are hidden in
the deep dark corners of the project.

> P.S.
> I did see your blog entry and wanted to get in touch, then I got
> sidetracked by other things. It's great you got in touch!

Great. Do you have any thoughts to share on that?

> P.P.S.
> Have you seen https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges ?

Hah, no. I didn't know about that! It looks very nice, and it's a very
similar concept. Although it probably doesn't make much sense in
trying to integrate with them.

Also, it's not like this is a great idea that came to me overnight. We
have something very similar in spirit at work, and that's where my
idea came from.

Martín Ferrari

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