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Bug#202303: www.debian.org: /devel/join/newmaint should encourage to contribute before applying



Package: www.debian.org
Version: unavailable; reported 2003-07-21
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch


hi,

the current threads on debian-devel about the nm-process make me think
that some confusion could be avoided in the future by small changes to
the new maintainer page encouraging interested persons to contribute to
debian in a significant way before trying to apply. i attached an
example 

cu  robert


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux sandbender 2.4.20 #3 Sat Jul 12 11:40:52 CEST 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro

Index: newmaint.wml
===================================================================
RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/devel/join/newmaint.wml,v
retrieving revision 1.44
diff -u -u -r1.44 newmaint.wml
--- newmaint.wml	18 Jul 2003 08:56:25 -0000	1.44
+++ newmaint.wml	21 Jul 2003 16:54:05 -0000
@@ -9,8 +9,13 @@
 can find all the details of applying, the process details, and how to track
 the progress of ongoing applications.</p>
 
-<p>If you want to do something for Debian but without becoming a developer,
-there are several other ways <a href="./">in which you can help</a>.
+<p>Please note that it is not necessary to become a developer before
+contributing to Debian. It is actually much more likely that you will be
+accepted if you have contributed a significant amount of work before. Packaging
+software for Debian is not the only way that you can help, and in this context
+not necessarily the best either. There is a lot of <a href="./">other work</a>
+that needs to be done that will get you accustomed to Debian, it's developers
+and ways to handle things.</p>
 
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