[Pkg-samba-maint] New CTDB package 1.0.85

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Sun Jun 28 13:12:05 UTC 2009

Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon at debian.org):

> I think that 50 questions is not too much bureaucracy if it results in
> filtering out those who don't have the skills necessary to be Debian
> developers, but that the current NM process isn't very effective at doing
> that and we let in plenty of people who don't actually have a clue. :/

It's probably a part where we disagree in some way: I personnally
consider not a big deal to let people with not enough clue get in the
boat. I don't think we let people enter without any clue at all.

So, it's just a matter of maturity of those people who get in. As long
as they know about their limits...as long as they're opened to learn
and benefit from others' experience....we shouldn't really care
whether they are aware of each and every technical detail in out work

I'm probably influenced by the way I got myself in the project,
definitely...but that should be a proof that, after all, raising the
barriers constantly is not necessarily the best way to keep quality
(I'm even in some wway convinced that the too low manpower we're
facing in Debian since about 2 -3 years is a greater challenge for our
so-called technical excellence which is more and more so-called and
less and less excellence).

Some day, I should do a (controversial) talk about this feeling at
some Debconf..:-)

> (With no intent to imply here that Mathieu falls in that category - from
> what I see he's doing a good job of maintaining the ctdb package, but I've
> also not been watching very closely so I'm not sure I have enough
> information to, say, be an advocate for him to NM.)

That's actually something we could call a problem. Sorry, Mathieu, to
use you to illustrate our discussion but I think you've actyually
proven much more than either Steve and I had proven when we
respectively became official DDs.

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