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Re: Debian Organization

Some kind of system to prune away old obsoleted unmaintained packages is
probably a good idea.  Or at least a way to make users aware which
packages are old, obsolescent, and unmaintained.

Perhaps if popularity-contest could be configured to let users be
unanonymous if they wanted, then

  if ( $distinctly_unpopular and $maintainer_looks_mia and
       $no_user_speaks_for_it_when_informed_it_may_go_away )

it could go away or get deprecated or get marked somehow.

Debian's role as reviewer/endorser of software is a bit questionable, but
hey, we're perfectly situated for it :)

Britton Kerin

On Mon, 4 Feb 2002, Glenn McGrath wrote:

> On Sun, 3 Feb 2002 16:39:03 +0100
> "Josip Rodin" <joy@cibalia.gkvk.hr> wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 04, 2002 at 01:32:14AM +1100, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> > > Being a debian developer means your making a commitment to improving
> > > debian in the long term.
> >
> > Tell that to the tens (or even hundreds by now) of maintainers who
> packaged> a few things within a couple of months, and disappeared
> since...>
> Yea, i think absentee maintainers is a concern, if the recongised
> package maintainer isnt actually maintaining the package it would better
> if it was automatically orphaned, at least that way everyone knows its
> not being actively maintained and someone else may pick it up....
> difficult thing to judge how/when someones package should be taken away
> though.
> Glenn

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