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Re: Question to all candidates: financing of development

On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 02:04:37PM +1100, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 05:01, Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> wrote:
> > Some DDs are able to pursue specific Debian projects due to bounties
> > they put on the projects (both AJ and Raphael have similar initiatives
> > on their homepages, even though I don't know how much they are
> > successful in terms of "customers").
> Unless you mean some other AJ, that's not right. I mean, technically I
> guess I haven't removed the page for that I had back in 2005, but I

So, the AJ I had in mind was indeed you and the initiative I had in mind
was the "AJ market" you referenced. In what I wrote there seems to be
just an imprecision of out-of-date-ness: the initiative is not running
anymore. I did remember "the-aj-market" post, but I had no idea how much
successful it had been (as I noted in the post).

Anyhow, as I believe it was clear from the context, it was not meant to
be a criticism: such initiative are parts of the initiative I believe
are acceptable (a DD which campaigns for supporting his own work).

> One of the challenges of being DPL is working out when to let a few
> violently opposed people block projects and ideas being worked on, and
> when (and how) to put up with the flack, deal with their concerns and
> objections and continue anyway. Anything the leader tries to do will
> fall into one of two camps: no one will care, or someone will be
> opposed and try to make life painful for the people trying to make it
> happen.

I guess so. My point here is that, in every non-consensual decision
(which in Debian I believe approaches the totality of the decision taken
by the DPL and/or "core teams") one should balance the benefits of the
decision, with its consequences on those who disagree with it. My
personal position on this _specific_ issue is that the balance of
benefits and potential disruptures is not worth to try something like
Dunc-Tank again in the near future. At least not within Debian, that is.


Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7
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