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Re: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven - questions to DPL candidates

> > On Sun, Mar 05, 2006 at 11:30:26PM +0000, Sune Vuorela wrote:
> > >Just a small question:
> > >Do all of you have many spare hours in your current schedules? Or what
> > >part of your debian work would get lower priorities if you get elected?
> > >Or are you planning to toss out your TV, dump your girlfriend or hire a
> > >garden keeper ?

> * Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> [2006-03-06 01:39:52]:
> > [...] Both my alloted vacation days and unpaid leave are an
> > option as/when I might need to devote large chunks of time to DPL
> > work.

On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:48:55AM +0100, Andreas Schuldei wrote:
> After having been part of last year's team i would say that you
> would rather need 100 instead of 10 vacation days to cope
> properly.

I have to admit, I don't find that really sensible -- devoting a third
of a year's full time work to a job that plenty of people don't see as
actually achieving all that much doesn't sound like an effective use of
time at all to me.

There are a handful of things the DPL is needed for, namely varying
discussion times on votes, appointing people to the technical committee,
and making certain decisions abount money. Everything else, including
delegations, supporting fellow developers, making urgent decisions,
leading discussions, promoting the project, talking to the press or
speaking at conferences can be and is done by other members of the
project, generally just by acting reasonably and thoughtfully and earning
the project's respect -- and in most cases, that's how things /should/
be done: we're a distributed, community project; centralising power or
decision making isn't the way we do things.

So, basically, if elected, I don't plan on doing too much that I wouldn't
be aiming to do otherwise. I think it'd be easier to do some of those
things as DPL, which is why I'm running; and while I'm sure there'll be
some extra drag that comes with the position, mostly I expect that to
be in regard to things that aren't too important, or that other people
can assist with.


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