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Re: Question for DPL Candidates: Debian $$$

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 11:59:44PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>       3 - Should these decisions be made by the DPL acting alone, or
>           should that be left to the project membership deciding
>           collectively? 

I believe the decision should remain, as the default, a DPL priority
as prescribed by the constitution. However the constitution also says
that such decision are made in "consultation with the developers" and
that they should be debated in advance for "major expenditure".

Practically I believe it is fair to let the DPL decide alone for stuff
like hardware and travel expenses, on the assumption that having been
elected he/she has the trust of DDs on the matter. Other potentially
controversial expenses, for finality or amount, should be debated a
priori. Of course it is the DPL alone that can judge a priori whether
expenses are controversial or not, I don't see ways out of this ...

However, I do believe that our project expenses should be more easily
accessible to DDs than what they currently are. There should be a
clear, documented way to access a dead simple log file of all Debian
expenses, without requiring DDs to interact with SPI directly if they
are not willing to.


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