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Re: AWOL process for Jeff Carlson

On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 02:21:13 +0530
"Debarshi Ray" <debarshi ray gmail com> wrote:

> So can we declare Jeff Carlson as AWOL and transfer ownership of
> 'zile' to Rakesh?

Can we not use the term 'AWOL'?  I don't know Mr. Carlson at all, but I
gather his contributions to Fedora are probably entirely voluntary.
The term AWOL (Away Without Leave) implies a dereliction of duty, and
I think it is pejorative in the context of a volunteer effort.  We often
hear the phrase 'real life comes first' in reference to open source
volunteerism, and this is quite possibly the case here.

For all we know, Mr. Carlson may soon return to Fedora work, and
may not appreciate being referred to as 'AWOL'.

I suspect that maybe the non-responsive maintainer policy is no
longer officially called the 'AWOL' policy for exactly this reason.


Robin Norwood
Red Hat, Inc.

"The Sage does nothing, yet nothing remains undone."
-Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

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