Packager Sponsors Responsibility Policy
bpepple at fedoraproject.org
Fri May 23 00:26:38 UTC 2008
I'm looking for some feedback on what we've got so far for the Packager
Sponsors Responsibility Policy.
== Who are Packager Sponsors? ===
Packager Sponsors are maintainers that have a good record of maintaining
packages, doing reviews and assisting others with the processes and
procedures of Fedora. Sponsors act as mentors for new contributors to
help point them to areas they would like to contribute, assist them with
processes and procedures and assist them when they need general
guidance. Sponsors also are responsible for fixing mistakes made by
their sponsored maintainers if they are unable to do so. Every Fedora
package maintainer should have a sponsor.
== Make sure the maintainers you sponsor follow guidelines ==
Sponsors should try and keep up with the doings of their sponsored
maintainers. Bugzilla has the ability to let you know via email all
activity for a given address. Initial sponsored maintainers should have
more scrutiny than long established maintainers with a known record of
== Help answer maintainers questions ==
Sponsors should be available to their sponsored maintainers to answer
questions. It's up to the sponsor if they wish to be available via IRC,
email, bugzilla, mailing list posts, phone or the like. In the event a
sponsor is unable to answer a question, they should escalate it to the
appropriate list, FESCO, FAB or the like and get an answer passed back.
== Fix issues caused by sponsored maintainers ==
If one of your sponsored maintainers is unable to fix an issue in their
package(s), it's up to the sponsor to step in and make the needed fixes.
This might include pushing a security update when the maintainer is
unavailable, applying a patch, removing a improperly build package, or
other time or security sensitive issue. Note that the maintainer should
be shown the fix and how to manage the issue moving forward.
== Revoking Sponsorship ==
A sponsor may elect to revoke their sponsorship of a maintainer in rare
and extreme situations. These situations might include: A maintainer
that no longer wishes to contribute to Fedora, a maintainer that refuses
to follow guidelines, or irreconcilable differences between the
maintainer and the Sponsor. In this event it is the responsibility of
the Sponsor to orphan the maintainers packages, and do any other needed
== Sponsorship Duration ==
Sponsorship of a maintainer begins when the Sponsor approves them in the
Fedora Account System. Sponsorship of a maintainer ends when that
sponsorship is revoked, or when that maintainer themselves becomes a
== Who Sponsors the Sponsors? ==
Once a maintainer has been granted sponsorship status (via a vote of
FESCO), that Sponsor will be held accountable by FESCO, and not their
If there is anything you feel is missing, or could be explained better,
please reply to this thread (along with any suggested wording).
Brian Pepple <bpepple at fedoraproject.org>
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