Sitting out for Hardy
ubuntu at kitterman.com
Sat Oct 27 18:48:21 BST 2007
Most of you probably already know this from IRC, but ...
I don't plan on much involvement during the Hardy developement cycle. MOTU
has gotten to stressful for me for the stress to be worth the enjoyment I get
out of it.
There are a number of reasons that I hope that by sharing, I can hope make
things better for everyone.
1. It seems like we've quickly evolved from the idea of people are expected
to generally know what they are doing, think things through, and quickly fix
mistakes when they are made to the idea that it's not wrong to do anything
that isn't explicitly prohibited in some documentation.
This rules oriented mindset makes it harder to get stuff done, harder to get
mistakes corrected, and is, IMO, either the effect or a cause of an
increasing level of defensiveness and reaction in the community.
I think it works better to expect that people won't do things they don't know
enough about (ask first) and fix stuff when they mess up. Having to have a
written rule that SRUs should be tested before uploading is bizarre.
2. Both our processes and our tools (I'm thinking LP here) are evolving in
ways that from my perspective make work harder, not easier. Tools and
processes should support work getting done and I think things are not
evolving for the better.
3. The seeming limitless tolerance for people to come back again and again
with disruptive, incorrect advice, bugs, proposed uploads that has at times
been an effective denial of service attack on MOTU. I can't work in this
environment. People need time to learn, but there's a point beyond which
they need to learn not to do damage and cause trouble for other people.
During Hardy, I will not be reviewing sponsored uploads (I've subscribed from
the motu-reviewers list on tauware.de and deactivated myself from UUS). I
won't take on any 'management' roles like motu-uvf.
I will still mind the packages I've been minding. I will still hang out on
IRC (unless the atmosphere just gets too stressful for me) and help answer
questions and be part of the community. I will also work on helping (not
leading or doing) with things that can improve the problems that have led me
to sit this one out.
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