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[gnu.org #1783839] Updating info about fencepost account availability

From: Jason Self via RT
Subject: [gnu.org #1783839] Updating info about fencepost account availability
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 09:31:11 -0500

John Darrington wrote:                        
> My understanding was that all *may* have an account, but only some
> *do* have an account. In other words, the process is not automatic.
> I was a GNU maintainer for about 15 years before I got an account.
> If the FSF sysadmins can arrange for it, I would be quite happy for
> our maintainers file to be linked to an LDAP resource so that it
> becomes automatic. This would be very helpful at weeding out
> accounts for people who stepped down and ceased contribution many
> years ago.

Okay but without that automation, is what the sysadmins seem to 
currently be doing (checking the maintainer file on fencepost before  
granting access) the correct process then? That seems to be an easy 
and concrete way for the sysadmins to validate requests for access.

But if the intention is that it's more nebulous, as ams indicates, how  
are the sysadmins to validate which requests should be allowed without 
opening it up such that any random person can send an email and get
access? Who is to make that call and how?

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