Re: Upstream maintainer adding debian/rules
> This has the benefit, that someone else can become Debian maintainer
> of the package and change minor policy bugs. This Debian maintainer
> wouldn't have to do much, but only fix some problems and create an
> official Debian binary.
> Other native Debian packages like alien, apt, dpkg,... also don't have
> a "build number", so why should this package have some?
The package build number is a standard practive among many debian packages. It
allows for you to fix packaging bugs w/o touching the version number of the
software itself. Once it becomes less bug ridden the author expressed a desire
of it entering Debian, at which point he is already like every other package.
Not a necessary thing, but a good idea none the less.