On 01/14/2012 07:12 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
Kevin Fenzi wrote:
> Keeping packages around with no maintainers or people handling their
> bugs is poor for everyone.
Why? If I, as a user, really need a certain piece of software, I'd rather
have an unmaintained package than none at all! Worst case, I can't use the
package at all, in which case I'm still no worse off than with no package at
all! (And now with my packager hat on, fixing and/or updating a package in
the repo also requires less effort than unretiring a package which got
I agree! If a package is orphaned, can't we automatically escalate
ownership to the next co-maintainer (when there is one - perhaps the one
with the most commits for example).
If a package is being orphaned for legitimate reasons, the owner should
announce the intention to their co-maintainers first and they can opt to
remove their ACLs before the package is orphaned.
Its hard enough getting packages reviewed as is, let alone throwing a
myriad of perfectly functioning packages back on the pile.