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Re: Constitutional amendment: reduce the length of DPL election process

* Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> [2007-07-31 09:49]:
> I will definitely second such a proposal, unless former DPLs come
> forward to say that this just wouldn't work for some reason.  I've
> felt the same thing for a while as well.

I don't think it's a good idea to increase the time of a DPL term.  As
Lars says, it's much harder to make a two-year commitment and from
personal experience I can tell you that being DPL takes a lot of
energy and time.  I think a year is good and if the person wants to do
it again they can simply stand for re-election.

> One year isn't much time to get anything done; it's barely enough
> time to build up the rapport required to start getting things done.

You really need to build up rapport and have good contacts before
running for DPL.  Also, I think we've seen with a number of DPLs (if
not most) that they were more active at the beginning of their term,
so making it even longer wouldn't  help.  I also don't really buy the
argument that a year isn't enough to get things done.  And there's
always the chance of getting re-elected if someone did a good job.
Martin Michlmayr

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