Lennart Regebro writes:
I'd say there is something wrong with the process. If a trusted developer can't get somebody more privilege on the tracker by saying that "I trust this guy", then a new process is needed. That's it's too hard to get privileges in the Python development community has been evident too long, I think.
It is entirely *not* evident to me that it's too hard to get privileges in the Python development community (Python's development process works -- and it works really well by comparison to 99% of the processes out there). And processes are delicate; they should be changed only when the people involved in them have the time and inclination to work on rebalancing them.
There is one privilege that should be hard to get: Permanent delete. But being able to triage bugs isn't such a privilege. Heck, not even commit access is, because of someone makes something bad, you can back out the checkin.
Sure, but that's still *work*, and it's work for *somebody else*. The person who made the mistake is unlikely to detect it, and needs to be told to fix it, if they even fix it themselves.
Giving people rights to a bugtracker or versioning system is not dangerous, and should not be hard.
As someone who does a lot more managing of shared resources than coding in the projects I'm active in, I disagree about the danger. Enthusiastic newbies can do a lot of minor damage in a short period of time, and cleaning that up is *work*. This danger is almost entirely mitigated by a small amount of mentoring -- which is precisely what the current process requires -- not only of the recomending party, but also of the existing workers.
I'm not claiming that the current balance is right. Just that it's not obvious that it's *wrong*, and therefore the decision should be left up to the people who will do the mentoring, the supervision, and -- if necessary -- the cleanup. If the existing tracker crew is happy with Sean's recommendation, and similar recommendations in the future, I'm happy too. But it is a process change, and they should be comfortable with it.