Rules proposal: Guidelines change announcement procedure
We have a persistent problem with people not knowing when a rule
change in the Guidelines or to do with upload procedure has been
announced; sometimes people implement things before they're made
policy, and sometimes people remain unaware of policy which they've
probably missed on debian-devel.
Kevin Dalley has proposed suggested me that these things should be made
noticeable in the Subject line, and I concur. I propose starting the
Subject line of some messages with particular strings, as follows:
Subject: RULES CHANGE: ...
The announcement that a rule change has become policy and should now
be implemented. The message should not refer to any previous
messages that aren't attached to it.
Subject: RULES CLARIFICATION: ...
A message which expands on or clarifies an existing rule which
people don't seem to to have understood correctly.
Subject: Rules proposal: ...
A message which proposes to change the rules in some way.
The `rules' in question include upload procedure, packaging
Guidelines, correct use of various dpkg features (eg from the
Guidelines appendices &c), mailing list protocol, &c.
If people like this idea it will become a rule, as an example :-).