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Re: A summary of some open discussions

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: A summary of some open discussions
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:04:23 -0500

Just because you are a GNU maintainer, does not mean that you are part
of any governance structure of the GNU project.  In general, the GNU
project favors _less_ maintainers, because multiple ones makes it a
hassle to discuss matters of importance and take decisions -- this can
specifically be seen in glibc.

It is quite unfortunate that some glibc maintainers and contributors
have created this misunderstanding and continue to cause confusion on
how GNU projects are maintained by calling GNU maintainers for "FSF
stewards".  They are GNU maintainers, so one should call them that.

A GNU maintainer is quite free to ask contributors to take on more
responsibilities, as is done in many GNU projects.  But at the end of
the day, a GNU maintainer can decide to rescind that responsibility,
or delegate it to someone else.

   Or the FSF/GNU should recognize more official positions for people
   with rights and responsibilities in the GNU project to make you
   feel more empowered.

The GNU project already does that, with specific people having extra
upload rights, being members of various committes, or other such

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