Call for votes: Developer Membership Board restaffing

Bhavani Shankar R bhavi at
Fri Feb 1 06:32:58 UTC 2013

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:
> On Friday, February 01, 2013 11:27:07 AM Bhavani Shankar R wrote:
> ...
>> I like Daniel's idea of having an informal exchange (maybe over a ping
>> or a pm on irc) of how the DMB thinks so that we can really get an
>> info of how the DMB thinks on various cases so that we can provide a
>> broad overview of what the DMB thinks while one is ready for an
>> application and provide them feedback before they apply and sometimes
>> after one gets rejected too, so that it can help in simplifying the
>> situation by providing inputs to the contributors as to what they are
>> expected to do and reduce the number of incomplete or a application
>> coming to the DMB in the incorrect area of upload rights intended.
> ...
> The trick here is that unless you ping everyone on the DMB, you don't have
> "how the DMB thinks" about an application.  The DMB is a collective of
> individuals with individual perspectives.  This could easily evolve into some
> kind of pre-meeting which a think would be a serious mistake.

Totally agreed and my point intended was the same that each person on
the DMB will have their own way of thinking and interpreting the
situations, So what we can do is to ping all the members of the DMB
informally if feasible or perhaps even mail members of the DMB in
person and collect feedback of what DMB thinks.

> While the advisory team may advise, I think it's on the applicant to discuss
> their application with some DMB members if they want to.  I believe that the
> people that are in the best position to give people advice on when to apply
> are their sponsors.  I don't think anyone should be in the role of
> intermediary.

Agreed again and going by the principles of the team, we only provide
feedback and pointers to people regarding various areas of ubuntu
development and whom to reach out for when in doubts and I dont see
any intermediate role arising here on the part of the dev advisory
team [1] [2]

In short, as Daniel said, we would love to simplify the process by
collecting the feedback and passing it on to the applicants and
helping them in case of issues, whilst not advising the applicants nor
speaking on behalf of any applicant.

Hope this clarifies :)



Bhavani Shankar
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