On 2013-03-19, Gergely Nagy wrote: > anarcat <email@example.com> writes: >> Why are you good candidates for that role? What social skills do you >> bring to the community in terms of mediation and leadership? > > I'm pretty darn good at mediation, did that both inside Debian (see an > example shortly below) and outside of it. It is something I find > challenging and satisfying, an area where I have had great success in > the past, an area I find particularly interesting (people *are* > interesting in general). > > I speak, I teach, I coach regularly on various topics (Debian included, > of course), other times, I use a handful of magic dust, and make things > simple. On other occassions, I evangelise. One of my fondest moments of > recent years were hearing these words - said very quietly under her > breath -, by a person who's been hating GNU/Linux for the past decade or > so: "Can you get me a Debian sticker? I love Debian." > > Other times, I listen, and just stay invisible. > > To illustrate my skills, let me briefly mention a few accomplishments: [...] Thanks, those are pertty good answers. >> How would you have dealt with the difficult decisions the previous DPL >> had to make regarding various conflicts or problems that occurred during >> his mandate(s)? Would you have intervened? How? > > This is something I'd rather not answer, on one hand, because it would > take too long, and on another, because in the most interestring (for > some values of interesting, anyway) cases, I simply do not have enough > historical data to see the whole picture, therefore can't make a well > informed judgement, either. Too bad. :) >> Could you give an example of such a situation where you have >> successfully mediated a (potential) conflict? Which tools did you use to >> deal with the situation? > > Although this happened years and years ago, when I was young, foolish > and hot-headed, there's one particular feat I'm proud of to this day. > > [...] > > This was a tough and dire situation, at a time when I wasn't half as > much prepared, not half as much experienced as I am now. Thanks for walking the plank, algernon - and exposing such a sensitive example. I was disappointed to have no answer to my question, but you seem to have provided the best one so far. :) Good luck to all candidates, A.
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