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Re: Q to all candidates: spending money

>>>>> "Stefano" == Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> writes:

Since Stefano asked the other candidates to answer too, my answers are

    Stefano> On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 06:44:45PM +0000, Neil McGovern wrote:
    >> * Outreach. Every team complains (quite rightly!) about the lack of
    >> people to do the work. Yet we seem to be rather poor at actively
    >> recruiting people to come and do things for us. Outreachy is a great
    >> initiative, and I would love to see a Debian Apprentice scheme (though
    >> that's probably a bit of a stretch goal!)

    Stefano> So, to be clear: would you authorize to use regular Debian funds to
    Stefano> sponsor Debian participation into Outreachy (which costs ~6000 USD per
    Stefano> intern), rather than going necessarily through dedicated fund raising
    Stefano> campaigns at each edition?

I'd authorize the use of regular Debian funds to sponsor our
participation into Outreachy.

    Stefano> Considering that there are 2 Outreachy sessions per years, how many
    Stefano> slots per year do you think it would be sensible funding on general
    Stefano> Debian funds?

From the top of my head, I'd think at most two interns could be
sponsored (per year) from Debian funds. But I'm not opposed to others
more involved in GSoC and/or Outreachy suggesting more.

It would take quite a bit of convincing to make me accept that
sponsoring less than two interns per year would be more beneficial than
supporting more than two.

    Stefano> (And of course doing the above wouldn't rule out running dedicated fund
    Stefano> raising campaigns to sponsor *extra* slots.)

While there is also a fundraising question on -vote@, I'd like to share
my general feeling of fundraisers here, too: fundraisers can be great,
but when a project is done year after year, and the results of it are so
valuable that we keep doing it, then perhaps it is time to figure out a
better way to fund it, than having to run fundraisers. Fundraising can
still be an additional source of funds, may even be a required part of
funding, but in these cases, it should not be the only
source. Preferably, the more times a recurring thing occurs, the less it
should rely on fundraising.

I'll try to share a few more thoughts in the 'spending money' and
'fundraiser' threads later.


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