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3 title: debadmin delegation - should I accept or deny it?
4 date: '2008-04-17 12:18:11 +0000'
5 mt_id: 214
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7 post_id: 214
8 basename: debadmin_delegation_should_i_a
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12 As you might have read on [debian-devel-announce](http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/04/msg00007.html) lately, Sam delegated the ftpmaster rights to me. Steve, our new DPL, did state his full support in an IRC query minutes later.
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14 Now I got a query from someone who is, pretty strongly, argumenting that I should decline this delegation. Mostly on the grounds that it is not nice to force new team members into an existing team, and that it is not a good environment to work in, if a DPL can do that if he feels like proving a point.
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16 Leaving alone the fact that delegations **are** one (central) part of the DPL job, and that the constitution leaves a way if you do not like those delegations (GR), I'm now unsure what to do.
17 (Just for the record - i once was bitten by a DPL using his powers in a way I absolutely **did hate** (and still do). Some of you might remember the fun around the DebConf7 venue decision).
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19 I could do
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21 1. decline the delegation, stay ftp assistant only. Which I am for a **long** time now. Possibly see some flame on the lists when I do this.
22 2. do nothing, ie. accept the delegation. That will get at least one of the long time ftpmasters upset, possibly more of them. Maybe with a resign from that job. Or Debian. But it would enable me to do the work only ftpmasters can do, like changes to the code, changes to the archive directly, etc. Without delays while waiting for a master to comment on something I prepared. Good example here is the current situation with the [release teams transitions](http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/03/21/release-transitions.html): They are 90% done and merged, just one little more merge is waiting to happen before they are ready to use... And whenever I tried to get a master (mostly Aj, as he was working with me on this) to do the final steps I got nothing but silence back, even when he was otherwise active...
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24 Bah. I hate this.
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26 The thing is - I *really* do want to have debadmin rights, and am working in that direction for a long time now. Not publically, but by talking with James in the past months, ...
27 As Sams mail showed - that did go nowhere, unfortunately.
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29 Now, could readers of my blog (and I know there *are* people reading this, my traffic stats tell me so :) ) please comment on this and give me advice? I just want some opinions about this. (Yes, my blog does understand comments since some time :) )
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32 **UPDATE**: Thanks to everyone who commented on this, either by using the comment form here, by mail or via IRC. I really appreciate your input.
33 I've decided to **not** decline the delegation and one DSA member already added my account to the debadmin group. (Thanks).