Hi, During MiniDebConf in Hamburg, I had an interesting conversation about the question of how we can attract more people to contribute to Debian infrastructure projects. There seems to be some consensus that such infrastructure projects are the ones in Debian that most badly need more contributors.  At the same time, our infrastructure projects/teams have a rather high entry barrier. Apparently, one reason is that understaffed teams with high workload usually lack the time and ressources to mentor new contributors. At the same time we have a fantastic entrance area for new contributors when it comes to packaging questions: the debian-mentors channels (IRC channel and mailinglist) both stand out with a nice and welcoming atmosphere that actively encourages new contributors to ask their questions. So here's the idea we came up with: We could explicitely broaden the scope of debian-mentors to include any questions regarding Debian infrastructure software. That basicly would mean to explicitely mention "questions on infrastruc-ture projects" in our docs about debian-mentors. Additionally, when the infrastructure teams don't have time to mentor new contributors, they could point them to debian-mentors. My hope is that having debian-mentors as an endorsed entry point for diving into Debian infrastructure would lower the entry barrier significantly for new contributors who'd like to dive into our infrastructure software projects. What do you think about this proposal? Cheers jonas  Let me give two examples for such "infrastructure projects": */ Many in Debian agree that Debbugs could need some love, but still it's developed and maintained largely by one brave soul. */ The concept of bikeshed keeps popping up for years and usually gets a lot of affirmation. Still, only one developer worked on it so far and nobody else stepped up to implement a working solution.
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