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Bits from the New Maintainer process

Hello, Some time has passed since the last news from the New Maintainer process[1]. Several DD accounts are about to become 6 months old, which qualifies for becoming Application Managers should one wish to do so. Older accounts are also accepted.

Thank you Wouter

Wouter Verhelst recently resigned[2] from his Front Desk position.
We are all grateful to Wouter for his help in these years and wish him
good luck with the busy rest of his Debian activities.

New AM tutorial

Patrick Ouellette pointed out that we were missing a tutorial for new
Application Managers, so now we drafted one:

Inactive AMs

Recently we are seeing a number of AMs becoming MIA. It is not a problem
if one does not have anymore free time for AMing, as a new AM can always
take over the application; however, it IS a problem if one disappears
silently. That usually gives quite a bad time to the applicant, and
causes some trouble to Front Desk people when trying to investigate the
situation, with week-long delays while one waits to give busy people a
chance to reply.

So, if circumstances change and you cannot anymore be as responsive as
you wish to be, please contact Front Desk to have some or all of your
NMs reassigned. It is perfectly ok to do so: AMs should have the freedom
to be busy and we have procedures ready to cope with it.

Support in the NM process

If you are in the NM process and you suspect that it is getting stalled,
please do not wait for months before contacting Front Desk at

If you are an AM and feel awkward with an applicant, or if you feel like
there are some part of the NM process that make no sense, or waste you
too much time, by all means get in touch.

Given that we are dealing with people, not packages, there are many
contact addresses so that you can get the right audience according to
the level of confidentiality that you require:

public list, publicly archived, good for sharing doubts and tips

– NM Committee
private list of all AMs who had at least one applicant approved in
the last 6 months. Good to discuss problems with your NM.

– Front Desk
private list of those people listed under “Front Desk” at [3], good
to discuss problems with an AM.




— GPG key: 4096R/E7AD5568 2009-05-08 Enrico Zini

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