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Re: How to leverage money to accomplish high impact Debian projects

Louis-Philippe Véronneau <pollo@debian.org> writes:

> On 2021-03-22 16 h 43, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud wrote:
>> Le vendredi, 19 mars 2021, 17.49:54 h CET Louis-Philippe Véronneau a écrit :
>>> On 2021-03-19 08 h 02, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
>>>>> I've been telling a few people last month that I would really liked to
>>>>> have an Enterprise Edition Online MiniDebConf, unfortunately I don't
>>>>> have any time/energy to instigate that currently.
>>>> Something for a Debian fellow that we could hire ;-)
>>> I for one would be less motivated to help with videoteam tasks if I knew
>>> someone was paid to organise a miniconf.
>> Would your motivation also be affected if an individual was paid only for a 
>> specific task that noone in the team found particularily interesting to do?
>> (I don't know much about how the videoteam works, so I don't know if that's a 
>> good example, but let's see…) For example, what if someone (paid) handled the 
>> storage and timely shipping of all the hardware, as well as the actual 
>> ordering of new hardware, leaving the (what I assume is the more interesting 
>> part) configuring, design and conception of the system to volunteers?
> I'm not opposed to paid labor per-say. I think the previous examples of
> Debian paying TOs to do accounting is a good one.
> So to answer your question, I wouldn't be opposed if we contracted an
> enterprise to handle our gear for us.
> I don't think it's something particularly fun to do and I see that more
> as an administrative task, akin to accounting.
> "Organising a miniconf" isn't though.

Is there a fundamental difference between paying someone to do "non-fun
administrative tasks" like accounting, and paying someone to help out
with orphaned/RFA'd packages (cf. Christian Kastner's recent "How to
motivate contributors to work on QA" question)?

It seems to me, to some extent, that a package that is orphaned or RFA'd
is per definition "not fun enough" for a volunteer to work on.


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