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Re: Bug#798476: Returning to the requirement that Uploaders: contain humans

On Thu, Aug 03, 2017 at 12:06:16PM +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> Please be more thoughtful about the consequences of such changes to policy.
> This would not be "a purely informative change".
> Your suggested wording has the potential to create a HUGE amount of tensions.

You're right.  After sending my patch I realised that it contains the
word "should", which is a magic word in policy, imposing a normative
requirement.  This was not intended.

My intended meaning: it is already best practice that *other team
members* should orphan a package if they know that no-one in the team is
actively taking care of it *according to their judgement of 'actively'*.

Would you agree that this is already established best practice?

> And it does not even help with the problem Tobias raised:
> When a maintainer retires or is declared MIA by the MIA team according 
> to the MIA process, how can you *find* all teams and team-maintained 
> packages where this maintainer was the only or last active team member
> when there is no Uploaders: field?

I'll reply to this when replying to Tobias' remarks.

Sean Whitton

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