-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 On Tue, 05 May 2009 19:19:00 +0100 Roy Bamford <neddyseag...@gentoo.org> wrote: > - From your post, it appears that standards were lowered during the > recruitment drive you reference.
Not quite. At the time, there weren't really any particular standards during recruitment. The system relied upon recruitment mostly being done or supervised by a smaller group of people who did it a lot and were fairly good judges of suitability. The system broke when someone who didn't do much recruiting pulled in a bunch of new people for obscure side projects that sounded cool without verifying that some of those people, say, knew what 'grep' was. The ebuild-related quiz questions come from my attempt at the time to reduce the damage until a proper solution could be implemented, which never happened because devrel decided to make other things a priority. And even then, the quiz rapidly became unsuccessful because recruiters would give people lots of attempts and lots of help to answer the questions, and would let people retake the quiz as many times as they liked -- the questions were designed to be instantly answerable, not research questions. At the very least, before attempting any mass recruitment, the quiz needs to be lengthened, brought up to date and split into "answer these on the spot on IRC without having seen the question before" and "research allowed" questions, and recruiters have to be prepared to fail most applicants. - -- Ciaran McCreesh -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.9 (GNU/Linux) iEYEARECAAYFAkoAhWIACgkQ96zL6DUtXhHm8wCgtiMxlQUI4X8vkD4GNEZT4fFN OO0AoJSit88yibi59rizQG4ATLHvMFkl =I4JE -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----