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From: Dirkjan Ochtman <djc@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2013-09-10
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:09:31
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2013-09-10 by Daniel Campbell
1 On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 6:33 AM, Daniel Campbell <lists@××××××××.us> wrote:
2 > The organizational and social aspects of it pushed me away the most. I'm
3 > completely okay with a test that ensures that you either know what
4 > you're doing or are resourceful enough to figure it out when in doubt.
5 > It's Gentoo as an organization that seems foreboding and intimidating.
6 > One must wonder if they should bother applying, if they're good enough,
7 > if a mistake would end the work they put in to become a developer, etc.
9 That seems worrying. Can you give more of an expression of the kind of
10 thing where you get this impression?
12 > Additionally, I couldn't really come up with a solid goal to work on; an
13 > answer to "why do you want to become a developer?" My computing
14 > interests lie in problems that are already solved for the most part (IOW
15 > I don't know how to find an unsolved problem). My favorite software
16 > already has capable maintainers on Gentoo, as well. So if I found myself
17 > as a developer, I don't know what I would work on. I'm interested in
18 > writing better guides for things, making corrections, updating out-dated
19 > stuff, and wouldn't mind adding new packages to portage, but that
20 > strikes me as something general that all developers pretty much do already.
21 >
22 > I've thought about giving it a try, but I don't want to waste people's
23 > time if someone more useful applies. This conflicts with my desire to
24 > learn and improve, because you can't learn everything alone. So I'm stuck.
25 >
26 > Sorry for the long, personal answer. I would've responded sooner but I
27 > wanted to give the question some thought.
29 Thank you for giving the long, personal answer! I think it's very
30 useful to hear. I also think that anyone willing to think about
31 something like this or who can explain it this way on this mailing
32 list should most definitely be a developer, because you're so
33 obviously motivated to make Gentoo even better than it already is.
34 AFAICT the documentation team is definitely understaffed, so helping
35 out there would be an obvious win. Just fixing bugs and updating
36 out-dated packages would also be very welcome. Please apply, I'm
37 personally happy to be your mentor if you do (find me on IRC or email
38 me personally if you're interested). Don't be afraid of "wasting" my
39 time, you can easily repay it by making Gentoo better.
41 Cheers,
43 Dirkjan