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Re: Your opinion on Debian Maintainer status


On 17.03.2013 00:01, Gergely Nagy wrote:
> We have close to two hundred entries in the debian-maintainers-keyring,
> that's a respectable number, which reaffirms my recentish change of
> heart, that the DM status is a good thing, and while it does not solve
> all problems, it is, nevertheless, a useful thing to have.

although I'm deliberately ignoring all the good reasons you provided,
JFTR, many people feel obliged to become DM these days before applying
as a DD and even many DDs understand the DM concept as a probation to
test potential NM candidates.

In fact, even the wiki says "Becoming a Debian Developer: You should be
a Debian Maintainer for six months before applying to the Debian New
Member Process" [1]. That's somewhat different to the original idea of
the DM status and not really a direction we should endorse.

Thus, the sheer number of DMs is not a really a resilient number per se,
although I agree that the DM status itself is a good procedure.

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDeveloper
with kind regards,
Arno Töll
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