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Re: Naming of non-uploading DDs (Was: GR: welcome non-packaging contributors as Debian project members)

On ke, 2010-09-15 at 09:26 +0200, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> If we go for DDs without upload rights, I think that we should be
> extremely careful about not transforming this new kind of DDs into second-class
> members of the project. A way to do that is to avoid giving them a name,
> and emphasize the fact that they are DDs, not another sub-kind of
> project members. The "no upload rights" part would just be a minor
> technical distinction.
> Another way to put it is, imagine you are a DC, and are writing your CV.
> What should you write about your status in Debian? "Debian Contributor"?
> "Debian Developer"? If we create the "Debian Contributor" term, then I'm
> sure that for many DCs, it will be difficult to write "Debian Developer"
> there (Imposter Syndrome, etc), even if that's what should really be
> written, since their contributions to Debian are not less important than
> those of other DDs.
> Just leaving it up to DAM to choose a term would not be enough to avoid
> that. IMHO, DDs without upload rights should not have any sexy name, and
> the distinction between them and DDs with upload rights should only be
> made where it's necessary.
> I don't think that the IRC conversation example you gave is a convincing
> one. It wouldn't hurt much to write "I'm a DD without upload rights"
> instead of "I'm a Debian Contributor" (it's only 6 characters more!).

I fully agree with Lucas.

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