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Re: Question to all candidates: How would you enforce Debian Community Guidelines?

Hi Héctor!

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 05:55:35PM +0100, Hector Oron wrote:
>   First of all congrats to all candidates and thanks for stepping up
> for doing this task.

Thanks! :-)

> I came up with a really nice draft howto[1] which I would like to
> bring up to your attention, so the basic question would be what do you
> think you could do to make contributions paths easier (take in account
> not all teams, groups follow such community guidelines)
> [1] http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg/

Some of us have already discussed briefly Enrico's Debian Community
Guidelines in the "heated discussions" thread [1]. My main comment on
that [2] is as follows:

> [...] As an AM I've noticed that there is quite some margin of
> "coaching" in the NM process [...]
> That is a point where we might benefit from introducing some "good
> lectures" such as the Debian Community Guidelines (drafter by Enrico
> Zini), which we've really never tried. Having applicants read them,
> discuss them with their AM, and possibly sign them, will be a small
> step which we might start benefiting from a few years from now.

I've then observed in a different thread that I don't think community
guidelines should be enforced any further. I don't believe guidelines
should be used as sticks to beat others: they shape the project culture
and are most effective when peer pressure among the involved peers
refers to them.

Thanks for your question!

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2010/03/msg00058.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2010/03/msg00072.html

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