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Re: Proposal for an advanced Debian-QA system

On Fri, Feb 20, 2004 at 10:37:22PM +0100, Bluefuture wrote:

> This are some idea for an advanced automatic Debian-qa system:

It's a common misunderstanding that automatic tools would be able to 
solve every problem.

Automatic tools might help you to identify QA problems, but they are 
only a help for resolving QA problems, not a solution themselves.

> So this alert sensors could perform some automatical tasks. For example:
> - Defcon 5 Send an automatic alert via email to Debian Qa

What are the benefits of spamming Debian QA with hundreds of mails?

> - Defcon 4 Send an automatic email to Debian Qa and open an automatic
> wishlist or minor bug on the package.

Never ever open a bug without checking whether a similar bug is already 

Never ever automatically send bug reports. It's OK to let a script 
automatically generate bug reports, but do not send them unless you 
checked every single package whether the issue really exists.

> - Defcon 3 Send an automatic alert via email to the Mantainer requesting
> info about lack.

If the maintainer already told you a good reason why he can't resolve 
this issue he'll be quite pissed off if he gets an automated mail 
requesting more information.

> Bye,
> Blue



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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