Debian project leader Stefano Zacchiroli has proposed that in the future Debian Account Managers should accept as Debian Developers those who aren’t package maintainers.
Currently all Debian Developers maintain a Debian package.
According to Zacchiroli’s proposal, Debian Account Managers are invited to “endorse the idea that contributors of non-packaging work might become Debian Developers, albeit without upload access to the Debian archive.”
Debian Account Managers should also “establish procedures to evaluate and accept contributors of non-packaging work as Debian Developers.”
Also, Zacchiroli’s proposal would result in the creation of the “appropriate technical measures to enable contributors of non-packaging work, who get accepted as Debian Developers, to participate in Debian decision making and to access Debian infrastructure.”