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Re: Updating the Policy Editors delegation

Le Fri, Jan 03, 2014 at 05:58:19PM +0000, Ian Jackson a écrit :
> I think that the current policy maintenance approach is too
> bureaucratic and relies too little on the technical judgement of the
> policy editors.  I would like to see the policy editors assess
> proposals not only for consensus and support, but also to consider
> proposals on their actual merit.  Support (in the form of seconds) and
> consensus can be a very helpful guide to the merit of a proposal, and
> seeking consensus and second opinions is a very helpful way to avoid
> making mistakes, but IMO it is the merit of the proposal that should
> matter.

Hi Ian,

I think that the main problem is not the excess of neutrality of the Policy
editors, but the lack of involvement from the Developers as a whole.  For
example, I am still amazed that despite we are expected to be hundreds, only
one Developer managed to second the documentation of the Dpkg triggers
(#582109), despite it does not introduce changes to the current practice
(therefore, the challenge is only to check the accuracy; there is no arbitrary
decision to take).

This said, if the participation does not increase, it would make sense for the
Policy editors to relax the current process.

If I still have time next year and the situation does not improve, I can
volunteer for the task.  (For the moment I need to care of the big backlogs at
all my other projects in Debian).

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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