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Re: questions for all candidates

On Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 02:01:58AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> The campaign period is open according to
> <http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_002>, so here are two questions for all
> of the candidates.
> 1. The past two years have seen higher numbers of candidates standing for DPL
>    than in the past.  While our voting system has no problem scaling to seven
>    candidates, comments I've heard from a number of developers suggest that
>    a high number of candidates makes it more difficult for voters to
>    navigate the ballot and cast informed votes.  I'm sure when platforms are
>    posted you'll tell us why each of you believes that you personally should
>    run, but what do you think about having seven candidates in this
>    election?  Is it a healthy thing that we have so many developers willing
>    to sit in the hot seat, or is it a sign of fragmentation in the project
>    and a lack of strong leadership?

(I would be interested by the answer of non-candidate to this question
as well.)

I think it shows a lack of highly "popular" candidate like Martin
Michlmayr was, but candidates like Martin are exceptional in several
ways, so we cannot expect to have one of them running every years. If
Martin was running this year, I would not. The last year the DPL focus
has shifted from technical leadership to social leadership, and Debian
is more attractive to technical people.

However, I think it is more constructive to run for DPL rather than to
whine about Debian management etc., so I don't see having more
candidates as negative.

> 2. If you are elected, do you currently think you would be interested in
>    running for re-election next year?  Why or why not?

This is quite forward-looking, I would certainly be interested in
rerunning because one year is a short time to really accomplish
something in Debian (we do not release every year e.g.). However, if a
developer I trust to do a better job than me is candidate, I would not

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

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