Re: DPL election IRC Debate - Call for questions
Sven Luther wrote:
On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 09:29:41AM +0000, Helen Faulkner wrote:
You are welcome to either post suggested questions to this list, or to
email myself and/or Martin privately with your suggestions. If you wish
your questions to be anonymous, please email us privately and make that
Ok, i have one question.
Can we keep the debate questions off this list? Otherwise the choice is
between leaving them unanswered for a couple of weeks until the debate,
or having them already answered on the list, and thus redundant for the
debate. Having different Subjects for different topics would be nice too...
I would like to know from the DPL candidates what is their opinion on way the
ftp-masters handle the NEW queue,
I think this is the wrong question. The right question to ask is what
the ftpmasters think of the way NEW is being handled, and what resources
they would appreciate. There's two reasons for this. One is the whole
point of having people running a particular area is that they know
what's going on; given the choice between a specialist's analysis of the
problems and a generalist's, take the former. The other is that asking
the DPL or DPL candidates to look for problems in the way others are
doing their jobs is just asking for unnecessary conflicts: there are
_always_ going to be problems in the way _every_ task within Debian is
handled. The issue isn't whether there are problems, it's which problems
are the most important to handle. And NEW processing doesn't even come
and in particular how they handle the
packages that are not really NEW : renamed binary/source packages, package
split, new kernel version and new library version which need a new package
NEW is a technical term -- it means binary and source packages that are
not already in the archive under that name. So those packages *are*
really NEW, and that's not even a debatable question. I've already
addressed this topic with my ftpmaster hat on recently, see:
Do you think there is currently a problem about this, and if so what do you
intent to change in this regard.
What I am doing about it is processing packages that are stuck in NEW
that are holding up higher priority tasks such as the release and
security updates. Other ftpmasters are doing likewise.
What I will do if elected is to support ftpmaster and other delegates in
their actions so they can focus on doing useful work according to their
own best judgement (which is, after all, why they're a delegate in the
first place), rather than having to justify their actions in response to
the latest fad complaint.