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Re: Changing the value of Maintainer field

Hi Ian,

* Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> [2018-05-15 12:53]:

Rafael Laboissière writes ("Re: Changing the value of Maintainer field"):
After the next upload to unstable, packages autodep8 and autopkgtest
will have the Maintainer set to team+ci@tracker.debian.org.  People
interested in receiving messages sent to that address should set their
subscription preferences at

I have to say that I find this inconvenient. (If I understand how this is going to work now.)

Sorry for that. I thought that consensus was reached and went ahead with the change. Let us discuss the issue and revert the change in Git, if necessary.

I read the lists for a lot of packages I am interested in, but do not maintain. I gateway these lists to public newsgroups on my server, where other chiark users can read them too.

As I understand it, now, after this change,

* I will have to subscribe manually using my tracker account


* If I want to filter the emails back to the newsgroup, I will have to write some custom filter configuration (which risks exposing my tracker password)

How are you filtering the messages sent to the debian-ci@lists.debian.org mailing list right now? How would it differ if you were going to filter messages sent to team+ci@tracker.debian.org.

* I will have to do this for each team or mailing list which was previously simply a mailing list and choses to use this new approach.


I think it would be better to have the automatic emails sent to the list, and expect list subscribers who do not want to receive them to filter them out. I think most list subscribers will want to receive these emails in one place.

We would need to do a survey to address this issue.

Also, doing that means that replying to the automated emails will reply to the list, which is usually correct.

I checked what happens with the packages maintained by the Debian Octave Group, for which the Maintainer field is set to team+pkg-octave-team@tracker.debian.org. This address receive automatic notifications sent by "debian-bts-link", "Debian FTP Masters", and "Debian Bug Tracking System" (and perhaps others). When I reply to any of those messages, they never go to the mailing list, but to the appropriate recipients.



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