Rescheduling regular DMB meeting day/time

Rafael David Tinoco rafaeldtinoco at
Tue Nov 9 16:47:01 UTC 2021

>>> With the intention of this thread being to come up with days/times
>>> that will allow the most number of board members to attend, I propose
>>> we eliminate the "alternating time" meetings and just stick to a
>>> single day/time that works best for the board. That also implies that
>>> we're placing additional burden on candidates who don't normally
>>> overlap with whatever time slot we choose, meaning we should make the
>>> board more available to by-request meeting times and/or mailing list
>>> applications.
>> I'm mostly lurking these days, but I want to say that this last part is
>> critical to get right.  The DMB is a super important part of the pathway
>> that new developers take when getting involved in the community, and
>> it's really critical that you don't end up favouring people who are for
>> whatever reason able to be available when you all are. (Most obviously
>> by living in similar timezones to enough DMB members.) If you're going
>> to end up pushing them to asynchronous meetings then this needs to be
>> made a proper first class option, in documentation and the actual
>> candidate experience (timely, good quality interactions as you get on
>> IRC).
>> To this end, I want to throw this option out: for maximum fairness when
>> there is only one meeting slot provided, consider moving *all*
>> applications to the same asynchronous method and keep the meetings only
>> for administrative DMB matters which you feel need to be discussed
>> synchronously.
> I completely agree, with one addition - I think candidates should have
> the option of requesting a synchronous meeting if they want one.

I'm +1 on defaulting to async and letting the applicant to choose if
he would like the process to be sync. Only one thing we have to consider:
async "tests" are easy to "pass" as you can seek for information on a
question done by e-mail for example (while the sync interviewing process
does not give that option to the candidate). Nevertheless, I'm not a
huge fan of the interview process we currently have as it always seem
to me we're trying to trick candidates to answer something wrong. I
prefer to analyze the previous work of the candidate and base my
vote from this "async" root of information anyway.

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