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




On Thu, Aug 03, 2017 at 12:36:04PM -0400, Sean Whitton wrote:
> 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?
>...

That completely misses the problem.

If the team has remaining members, and one of these members knows that 
no-one in the team is actively taking care of a package, then what
happens afterwards is obvious.

Finding unmaintained packages is the hard part.

In a bigger team maintaining 500 packages it is a non-trivial amount of 
extra work searching for packages no-one inside the team is actively 
taking care of.

In a small team with 2 members maintaining 1 package, what you write 
obviously cannot work when the last team member becomes MIA.

With Uploaders you are able to see when all uploaders are retired/MIA,
either inside the team or from outside when the team has no active 
members left.

cu
Adrian

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