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Re: Questions Regarding Delegates

On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 04:46:55PM -0600, John Lightsey wrote:
> The first power enumerated to the DPL in the Debian Constitution is the
> power to appoint and remove delegates.  My questions are directed at
> determining how you as DPL will use this power to guide the Debian
> Project.

Even if that is true, this does not necessarily mean an effective DPL
has to use this power. I believe it is very well possible to be an
effective DPL without doing much in the realm of formal delegations.

> 1) Do you believe past DPL's have used the power of delegation
> effectively?

Mostly, yes.

> 2) Are there any current delegations you plan to change?


> 3) Are there any developers with positions of authority who should be
> given the official sanction of being delegated this authority?

Delegation should only be used if it would make things possible that are
not possible without delegation. If they are not asking to be a
delegate, I don't see why I should do so.

> 4) Do you believe that ongoing delegations should be limited in time or
> indefinite?

Delegations should be ended when they are no longer effective, not when
a set amount of time has passed.

> 5) Do you feel it is better to delegate additional developers to an area
> of responsibility or to replace delegates when that area is not being
> handled effectively.

This is something that should be decided on a case-by-case basis; it
makes little sense to make a general statement on this subject.

> 5.1) In new areas that cannot be effectively handled by a single
> developer, would it be better to delegate the authority to a team or to
> delegate the authority to an individual and allow that individual to
> form their own team?

Same as above.

> 6) Will you explicitly rescind and redelegate all delegated positions if
> you are elected DPL?


> 7) Will you resign from any delegated positions you currently hold if
> you are elected DPL?


> 7.1) Do you feel that section 2.1.2, namely "that the Leader cannot
> appoint themselves as their own Delegate", should be understood to mean
> that the DPL should not hold any delegated positions even when those
> delegations were made by a previous DPL?

No. Delegating oneself could theoretically be used to create loopholes
so that a future DPL has no power anymore. Continuing an
already-existing delegation could not.

> 8) Do you feel that more rapid turnover in delegated positions would be
> beneficial or detrimental to the project?

Detrimental. Experience is a scarce commodity.

> 9) Is there anything about your approach to delegates which will make
> your administration different from those of past DPLs that was not
> mentioned?

I don't foresee many differences in my approach to delegating, no.

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