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Planet Debian is for any active and involved participant in the Debian development community. Inclusion in Planet should reflect a relationship that already exists -- it is not meant to create one. Planet Debian is for any ''active'' and ''directly involved'' participant in the Debian development community. Inclusion in Planet should reflect a relationship that already exists -- it is not meant to create one. Inclusion is not restricted to people who are currently Debian developers nor are ex-developers necessarily barred from inclusion.
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Defining activity and involvement is tough and there are many ways of being active and involved. I am to consider all of them for the purposes of involvement in Planet. In terms of what is enough activity, there has been academic research on the difficulties of deciding what an active member in Debian is so I will primarily rely on what the blog owner tells me unless the evidence points to the contrary Defining activity and direct involvement is tough and there are many ways of participating in Debian (e.g., packaging, translations, administration, etc). I am happy to consider all of these types of involvement for the purposes of inclusion in Planet. In terms of deciding what is enough activity, I am daunted by the fact that there has been academic research on the difficulties of deciding what an active member in Debian is. As a result I will continue to rely primarily on what blog owners themselves feel unless the evidence available to me points to the contrary.

Planet participants should include feeds that provide stable permanent URLs so that they do not flood planet repeatedly and should include content in English only. An inability to do either of these will be grounds for exclusion from Planet until this can be fixed.

== More Information ==

[http://planet.debian.org Planet Debian] is a website running the ?PlanetPlanet software that aggregates the blogs of many active Debian developers, package maintainers, and contributors.

Benjamin Mako Hill is the current maintainer of planet.

Can I Be On Planet?

Planet Debian is for any active and directly involved participant in the Debian development community. Inclusion in Planet should reflect a relationship that already exists -- it is not meant to create one. Inclusion is not restricted to people who are currently Debian developers nor are ex-developers necessarily barred from inclusion.

Defining activity and direct involvement is tough and there are many ways of participating in Debian (e.g., packaging, translations, administration, etc). I am happy to consider all of these types of involvement for the purposes of inclusion in Planet. In terms of deciding what is enough activity, I am daunted by the fact that there has been academic research on the difficulties of deciding what an active member in Debian is. As a result I will continue to rely primarily on what blog owners themselves feel unless the evidence available to me points to the contrary.

Planet participants should include feeds that provide stable permanent URLs so that they do not flood planet repeatedly and should include content in English only. An inability to do either of these will be grounds for exclusion from Planet until this can be fixed.

More Information

The following template is sent to people who email [http://mako.cc/contact.html Mako] about adding their RSS Feed to Planet:

{{{Any Debian developer or any other active contributor to the project is welcome to be added to planet.

If you're a developer, you can simply add your own blog to the config file which is kept in a world-writable CVS repository on gluck. The easiest thing to do is to SSH to gluck.debian.org and then read the instructions here:

  • /org/planet.debian.org/README

If you're not a developer, you'll need to have me add you.

In terms of content, there are two rules. The first rule is to provide an English language only feed. The second rule is the rather vague guideline of "don't annoy people." There is absolutely no requirement that posts need to be about Debian -- mine rarely are. However, if there are a subset of posts that you are annoying a large number of people, I will ask you you to consider providing a feed without the posts in question. This has only happened a few times in the past. If you stay away from advertising content (or content that might be confused as such) and from excessively personal information, you should be fine.

I'll be happy to welcome you to planet! Please let me know if you have any questions.}}}