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Re: The Debian Maintainers GR

On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 01:52:28PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> The reason all of that is a problem is that the power to decide who is and
> isn't a member of the project has been centralised with two individuals
> (James Troup and Joey Schulze originally, then just James, and now Joerg
> Jaspert and James). If people think there's a better way of doing things
> than what they're doing, they can't do it themselves, they have to go
> through James and Joerg; and if the suggestion that there's a better
> way of doing things comes off as criticism, or if it seems too different
> and scary, or if they're just too busy or distracted with other things,
> you're not going to get anywhere.
> Having the ability to include people in the project in a minor way
> be available to all DDs decentralises that -- it still leaves DAM as
> the sole decider of who's a DD, but it gives other people a chance to
> demonstrate that other approaches to getting people involved can be
> effective and worth adopting.
> If n-m were working well, or even I thought it had any hope of working
> well, I expect I'd be all for this being unified with n-m -- after all,
> that's what I'd thought was happening in '06, and what I was still hoping
> would happen until Joerg and James made it pretty clear that they weren't
> interested in anything I had to say and would do whatever they could to
> stop it.

Reading this from the keyboard of one of the handful people who were
temporarily in a position to change these things with a single e-mail
comes around as a surprise for me.


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