Jeremy Hankins writes ("Non-DD's in debian-legal"): > I'm not sure I understand this part, though. Do you think that folks > like myself, who are not DD's, should not participate in the discussions > on d-l?
Actually, I think they should not participate, in general. The arguments that are had on debian-legal about what is an acceptable licence, and what principles these decisions should be based on, are often very political. Political decisions in Debian should be taken by DD's. Arguments about licences are phrased as if the questions are all clear-cut and right-or-wrong, but actually usually they're matters of interpretation where weight of numbers on one side or another ends up often carrying the day. (`Am I really the only person who thinks this is completely mad?' `No, but all the rest of them are too busy writing software.') The situation with non-DD's pontificating about what is and is not an acceptable Free licence is mitigated somewhat by the fact that debian-legal is only a talking shop and doesn't actually decide, but as we've just seen, people (both people from debian-legal and elsewhere) do seem to think that debian-legal is or ought to be where these decisions are taken. Discussions about licensing are different from most other kinds of activity in Debian precisely because they're political and have a very low barrier to entry. Picking up the slack in licence approval (if indeed there is any slack) is not at all like picking up the slack in maintenance of a particular package. To maintain a package you need a clear technical head, a certain minimum time commitment, and the results (good or bad) are clearly visible. Whereas anyone can blow off hot air on a mailing list. Part of the problem here is that the selection process for DD's has become discredited, because (a) many good and useful people making significant technical contributions are still stuck outside the fence and also (b) many less good and less useful people are on the inside making a mess. I don't have an easy answer to this but it's something we should all be thinking about. But dismantling the or undermining the tie between political decisionmaking in Debian to formal membership is not the answer. Ian. -- To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact [EMAIL PROTECTED]