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Why not scan for unmaintained packages and orphan them?

#include <hallo.h>
* Marc Haber [Mon, Dec 04 2006, 08:51:51AM]:
> On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 18:05:21 +0100, md@Linux.IT (Marco d'Itri) wrote:
> >On Nov 30, Magnus Holmgren <holmgren@lysator.liu.se> wrote:
> >
> >> But what about the middle case, i.e. "the behaviour described could be 
> >> reproduced, but it's not a bug, or at least not our fault"? (Bugzilla calls 
> >> this "INVALID").
> >I agree that it could be useful, since I get a lot of these cases...
> Why does that matter? You close everything that is not clearly a bug
> anyway, immediately.

It is not always clearly. Sometimes time or a good opportunity is needed
to reproduce an issue, even if the description is clear enough.

Unfortunately, there are maintainers that prefer to let such bug reports
rot instead of tagging them as seen|pending|help|wontfix|moreinfo|... .
I don't like such behaviour, it is not nice to the bugreporters (*).
Why should they do the work and collect all relevant data just to be
ignored? It is easier to fix the small problem with some dirty local
hack and let the Debian upstream do what they do. They won't care about
problems of lame users anyway.

And a deliberate decission to ignore bug reports in this way is IMHO
an act against the social contract. Such maintainers should realize that
they are sabotaging the project and look for comaintainers or new
maintainers or just orphan the package.

What I would like to do is going with a big axe trough the BTS, send a
ping mail (**) to bug reports that have visibly not received any
attention of the corresponding package maintainer. And if no reaction is
visible after few weeks, just automaticaly hijack/orphan such packages.

And no, I won't tell you names.

(*) Even if those problem are not grave/serious, or require work (oooh)
for reproducing. Or if a such bug report does not contain a perfect patch
already. Putting complicated (time consuming) things of is a human way
to deal with new tasks, but it is the way of the lazy ones. Or those who
can not admit that they are not able to do expected work because of
missing spare time but collect big packages to maintain the own ego.

(**) Like: "Hello, this is the automatic bug-system scanner. It became
evident that this bug report has not been processed by you, it is not
tagged with "seen" or any other tag indicating real activity. Please
change the state of this bug report appropriately if you do care about
your package."

Ein Schmeichler ist's selten aus bloßem Eigennutz, sondern aus
Charakter; denn er schmeichelt Niedrigen wie Hohen.
		-- Jean Paul

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