Just to sum up a few things here.
Legal notice: all opinions mentioned here are mine alone. Some of them might be biased although I'm trying to stay objective.
- More than 20 devs were retired this week (for their own and not so much).
Some strange tendencies may be seen from this. For example, patrick was retired in a matter of 3 days with lots of arguing about definition of "inactivity", kito was retired after being "inactive" for more than 6 months, and after he was queried about his activity a month prior to retirement.
- Plasmaroo is retired now (he was developer of the week, GWN July)
- 3 developers joined.
- I didn't find any specific "contract" for developers, describing what a developer is expected to do and what would be considered a "breach" of this contract, besides etiquette issues.
- I didn't find a policy for retiring developers. Like, a) if developer "inactive" (one more missing concept), then he's candidate for retirement, b) developer is contacted and informed that he's candidate for retirement, c) time goes by and if he/she is still non-active for no good reason (such as being in South Africa for WHO mission or a honeymoon), some kind of board decides to retire dev, etc.
I find it very strange, that to become a developer one has to go through all sorts of tests, quizzes, mentorship, approval, and so on; but to be retired - "a dev will be considered retired".
Thats it, no warning, talking, considering, debating, asking, nothing. One moment you're there - and then oops! now you considered retired.
Boom and you're gone, as says mr. Jobs of Apple.
- I find interesting that many users want lots of singular automatic tools that will do some task which is hard to define. That is weird, because although I like automated things myself, but one should understand, that some things cannot be automated (at least not now) and some of them are they way they are by design. Its impossible to automate some things withough changing the concepts of Gentoo, but then what would be the point making Fedora (choose your other favorite binary distro here) out of Gentoo? None.
Leave me comments or other things that I should describe/take a look at next time.