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Re: Questions Regarding Delegates

On 2/26/07, John Lightsey <lightsey@debian.org> 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

Hi John,

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

They rarely used this power, so i can't judge well.

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

Yes, but not before i effectively lead the project and discuss the
side effects with people involved into the key teams. Hopefully, the
only required changes will be promote some assistants to full-members
of teams and recruit new assistants.

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


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

I wrote about this subject in my platform that you will read soon.

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.

First add and then if the previous developers move on, you can call
this a replacement, if they don't we will have more work done in less time.

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?

It depends.

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?

I don't hold any delegated position.

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?

I'm not sure, since i don't hold any delegated position, but of course
i won't try delegate myself to any other position, if elected.

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

Without consider all the other aspects of a delegation, it would be detrimental.

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

Yes, actually i plan to motivate people to help the project and
delegate more power/tasks for those who are contributing with
discussions, solutions, work and feedback.

Thank you for your time and your contributions to the Debian Project.

Thanks for your questions.

-- stratus

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