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Re: Lintian based autorejects

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 11:29:53PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

> > Do you understand why people are getting annoyed ?

>         They have a lot of bloody gall to be annoyed thatpeople file
>  bugs about serious policy violations that they have signed up to
>  follow, and neglected in their packages, and instead of thanking peple
>  who find out and point to these policy violations, they feel angry at
>  the bug reporter, instead of ashamed at how they neglect bugs in their
>  packages.

Yes, you have completely failed to understand the issue.

I'm not complaining about you filing bugs on *my* packages.  I'm complaining
about a mass bug filing on *any* packages, using standards that have not
previously been approved by the project, because *doing so skews priorities
for the project as a whole*.  Marking bugs as severity: serious means *the
project* has to deal with the resulting bugs.  The bugs get mixed into the
RC bug list and take up resources of participants in bug squashing parties;
the release team has to go back and mark bugs as release-ignore or downgrade
them if they're not actually release-critical issues; the QA team winds up
with these packages on their radar even if the package quality doesn't
warrant it.

All because you're jumping at the chance to slap serious bugs on people's
packages without waiting for consensus to emerge on whether those issues,
some of which are entirely cosmetic, should actually be serious.

That's not improving the quality of Debian, that's just being a jerk.

>        Finally, these violations of policy are added to the blacklist,
> since these serious policy violations are adjudged too buggy for Debian

The use of passive voice here masks the fact that the adjuge-er is not the
Debian project as a whole.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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