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Re: GR: welcome non-packaging contributors as Debian project members

Dear Paul,

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 09:25:09AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> Stefano you seem to be 5 years too late with this GR, fjp's AM report
> looks like he was accepted primarily for his work on documentation and
> translations:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2005/02/msg00017.html
> In addition, as cate pointed out, the constitution already allows
> DAM/FD to accept such people.

While this may be true, I have a point to make.

The word "Debian Developer" seems to have become synonymous with
those who package or write software for Debian. Whether that was
intentional or unintentional is not known to me, but this aspect is
what several potential contributors seem to know very well, and this
demographic applies to enter Debian via the packaging route.

While the NM process and related documentation is very clear on
allowing non-packaging contributors, I feel that more can be done to
encourage non-packaging contributors to take this route, and this
step, I felt, is one in that direction.

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.


This kernel runs like a dessicated slug if you have more than 2G of memory
due to a 32-bit overflow.

		-- Andrew Morton, on Linux 2.6.8-rc1-mm1

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