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Re: Q: DPL job profile?


On 24/03/2016 12:55, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> Hi Mehdi,
> Last year, Ana started a great thread about the role of the DPL[1].
> I wonder where you stand wrt the various positions in that thread?
> What will be your priorities when deciding what to work on?
> What do you see as tasks that the DPL must do, should do, may do,
> shouldn't do, mustn't do?

I pretty much agree with what you wrote in [0]. Contrary to what has
been said in that thread, I do not think the constitution should be
more specific about DPL tasks. A DPL is defacto a garbage collector,
as formally written in the constitution (§5.1.4). Being open about
what a DPL can do allows one to innovate and start new things.

It is quite difficult to say which tasks should come first when you
never did the job before. I imagine tasks with a deadline should be
made a priority. Anything that may be blocking the project (or some
parts of it) should be on top of the TODO list. In any case, I intend
to be quite transparent on my time spent as DPL (if elected) so that
folks may have a better understanding of the DPL job. Communication
is the crucial bit in this story.

Looking at Ana's list of DPL tasks in [1], I have a few remarks:
- I do not think the DPL should set technical goals for the project.
  He should certainly help to make sure goals are set and a consensus
  is reached though.
- My understanding is that dealing with technical problems is the area
  of action of the Technical Committee. Of course, a DPL can participate
  during the discussion and may help to resolve the problem… if it is
  required. Not all technical problems require that though.
- Other people may represent the Debian project and give talks on behalf
  of Debian, not only the DPL (as I've said in [2]).

[0] <20150214090708.GA12214@xanadu.blop.info>
[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2015/02/msg00039.html
[2] https://www.debian.org/vote/2016/platforms/mehdi#approach


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