Gentoo debates recruitment schemes
Posted Jul 21, 2012 17:07 UTC (Sat) by tetromino
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But, wouldn't a trusted developer be known to the community anyway, namely the time/effort/dedication to a project would already be known to his/her peers?
Seriously, I am not trying to criticise a particular distributions policies for commit/upload access to their repos, but talk of "quizzes" has the very faint smell of Corporate HR filtering tactics, and in some ways perhaps a little bit patronizing, wouldn't the fact that google exists and the answers are easily discoverable mean you would have to fall back on a particular developers community reputation anyway?
First, Gentoo has 280 people with commit rights to the main repository. Numerous experiments have shown that an average human brain can't deal with relationships in a group of >100 peers or so (the size of an ancient tribal band). So some degree of bureaucracy/HR is absolutely required for a project of such size, otherwise you get chaos.
Second, it's not enough for the answers to quizzes to be discoverable. Much of it is information you need to know by heart, so you don't make mistakes and break user machines or community rules in the first place, instead of merely being able to google for how to fix the mess you had made after the fact.
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