Re: More votes in Debian? Any idea for improvement?
On 03/12/2012 04:04 PM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 03:28:53AM +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>> If you see projects like Openstack or oVirt (sorry for the examples
>> taken from my area of expertise...), they have elections every 6 months
>> for project leaders in this or that area of the project.
>> In Debian, we just elect a DPL, and then we hope that he appoints people
>> who then can make decisions on the behalf of Debian.
>> I feel strange that such a big project as Debian appears to work in a
>> less democratic way than some software which has adopted open governance
>> (truth, this is the new hype, but still...).
> Debian is not a democracy, nor does it need to be.
> We have one elected representative, whose job it is to make sure that
> the project runs smoothly. But having an elected representative doesn't
> necessarily mean that this person is the best for the job. Technical
> tasks should have experts doing them, otherwise they'll not work; and
> while an election can give you many things, experts in a particular job
> is probably not one of them.
So if I understand well, you're saying that the DPL knows better than a
majority that would vote (which may be right, I'm not sure).
In this case, how will you choose well how to delegate? Don't you think
there's the risk that you will choose mostly the ones that you know
better? Do you think you know well enough groups of people that aren't
around you physically (for example, our friends from Latin America)?