11 Jul 2001 Telsa   » (Master)

Oh look. Another run through the recent arrivals.

Ten people with no information. One with a name and nothing more. Two with information that's not enough to certify on. That leaves eight. Hello, Google...

misa's name shows up all over rpmfind. pop has a vim/mutt script and an opportunity to practise my French :) garett, ts, geekd and ahvezda all have links to free software straightaway. mdz is a Debian maintainer. I suspect someone with a better appreciation of what's involved should re-certify the latter two. Way over my head. I suspect those are journeyer-level things, but I don't know.

Then some not-sures. I am not sure whether surveys count, and I don't know what else grex does. I followed the links from hawk but they only refer to a game. I can't find it anywhere. Googling on the game produces only references to it or dead links. I need to find my dictionary to know what to make of the site hns linked to. And finally, there's nile and dloo. I recall the dloo announcement on Gnotices, but I haven't seen anything since. So I'm a bit stuck there.

My certificates are very low, I know. To those people who feel affronted: the usual disclaimer. I can't judge other people's code. If I know something about the project or the person then I can make a guess on where they might rank. So some people get higher ratings because I know enough about them. I don't know the projects that came up following links in this lot. With luck, someone who understands these things will follow the same links and adjust certifications accordingly.

As to people complaining about certification or lack of them, please please please provide links to contributions that are out there. I spend a few hours (not much, but more than some) trying to certify new arrivals. I try very hard to find a reason to certify someone that is in line with the guidelines. Seeing people complained that they are not certified when I've just finished the latest run through irks me, frankly.

If you want to fork Gnome, Ilan, go right ahead. But until I see a package out there I can download or a HOWTO I can read, I can't certify someone who largely complains about what's wrong with things without explaining to the uninitiated (that's me) what would be right, and how to fix the wrongness. Deven, all I found on your pages was articles from a few years ago (the certs guidelines suggest evaluations should cover the work done in the last year) and a conferencing system which didn't have much info about it. It's also not the number of certificates you have that swings it. It's whether any of those people are close enough to the trust root for their appraisals to make a difference. Well, as I understand the write-up of the trust metric anyway. I dropped maths at 17, and I got lost in the trust metric write-up as soon as I saw "each certificate is a directed edge". Um. Right. But I assume hackers know more maths than I do.

Oh yes. And I should be an apprentice, but I can't change what other people put. (If you put higher, please reconsider.)

I think that's it for another month. I shall return to lurking and enjoying the threads of conversation that meander through the recentlog page.

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