Bug#620109: Policy §3.5 (on Pre-Depends) does not reflect actual practice
Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> The reason
> we request peer review of Pre-Depends is that they have a cost and should
> not be abused.
Okay. That's not what policy §3.5 says; it does not say Pre-Depends should
or must be peer-reviewed or that one should examine all aspects when adding
them but simply that there should be
(1) a discussion on debian-devel, and
(2) a consensus that adding this particular Pre-Depends is a good idea.
I like your proposed alternative. Maybe the policy could say that you
"should" (in the policy sense) thoroughly analyze the consequences and
alternatives before adding pre-depends, and that one way to do so (in
a friendly advice sense) is to ask on debian-devel?