Re: Bits from the Release Team - Kicking off Wheezy
* Lucas Nussbaum <email@example.com> [110428 22:06]:
> Eh? How do you fix stuff in the next release if you don't make uploads?
> I'm not saying that the number of uploads should stay the same: it's
> normal to see it going down during freezes, since there are less things
> to change. However, if we think that DDs participate in RC bug fixing,
> the number of distinct uploaders should not go down.
Not every RC bug fixing means an upload from that developer.
And not all work in trying to help RC bug fixing is actually
sucessfull. And testing is usually more about RC bug filing than
RC bug fixing.
> So, we are losing a large number of contributors (> 20%) during freezes. And
> it's also possible that some of them don't come back (looking at the months
> following freezes, it takes some time to reach the pre-freeze numbers).
I can only say that I usually have a much lower upload frequency
while freeze, which with one specific package less might even be
a total stall while most past freeze times. And I would not call
myself "lost" due to that. A freeze is a significantly different
phase, especially as my upstream development is usually heavily
synced to Debian development, but if I am annoyed at something
in that phase, then it is about people whining that they are not
allowed to ignore or even sabotage the release process.
Bernhard R. Link