Gentoo debates recruitment schemes
Posted Jul 23, 2012 15:41 UTC (Mon) by sumanah
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Disclaimer: I've never taken the Gentoo quizzes, and I'm talking more generally about the merits and disadvantages of bureaucratic processes.
I guess fundamentally I find it difficult to believe a quiz is a better way to assess somebody, rather than previous interactions with maintainers say, or a community reputation - which can't be "faked" with l33t google skilz.
One thing to consider: the merits of objective procedures. When a community says "here's the procedure for how to get such-and-such privileges," and they are clear and scalable and don't depend on forming relationships with specific people, then that community reassures its members that it's being transparent, objective, and fair in distributing those privileges. This reduces a risk of unfair discrimination based on prejudice, and makes the user interface of the community a lot clearer for newbies. Of course, the procedures themselves become a center of discussion around what actually constitutes merit and what skills should lead to which privileges, and that sort of discussion should be happening anyway. And sometimes communities struggle to consistently apply the rules, but at least they're talking about that instead of letting the issue simmer beneath the surface.
Bureaucracies scale better than personal judgments, and can do better at fairness and accessibility. But they also put off some kinds of participants, and, if improperly administered, can cause inefficiencies and frustration.
I applaud the Gentoo community for thinking and working on this from both approaches; I agree with Nathan Willis's summary: "the specifics of the training process are less important than the fact that is it deliberate and guided by active mentors and recruiters".
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