Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Julian Assange <>
From: Herb Peyerl <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 02/22/1999 14:13:41
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Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG ** 
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Julian Assange <>  wrote:
 > What this needs is `people-with-power' in NetBSD
 > *actively-approaching* people who are NOT ace kernel
 > hackers. Currently `ace kernel hacking' seems to be the only
 > optimisation parameter in the NetBSD meritocracy. This view *needs to
 > be changed*. This is one area that Jordon was very successful in, no

This is not correct.  I am far from being an 'ace kernel hacker'. I bet
I admitted that before anyone else had time to think it.

 > We could do a lot on working towards a greater sense of inclusiveness.
 > For example, instead of waiting for people to hound core for cvs
 > access, core could *actively approach* those people who looked like
 > they might make a useful contribution in the future. A sense of
 > ownership will increase both productivity and code-quality. I often
 > see NetBSD patches on someone's home page, occasional quite good ones,
 > and am saddened to realise that the person concerned doesn't have cvs
 > access.

This is also incorrect.  I would bet that 75% of the recent additions
to developers have been people who were solicited by other developers
rather than the other way around.  In fact, I did not ask to be a
developer.  I was asked if I wanted to be.