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Re: Bug#625865: ITP: ocportal -- ocPortal is a Content Management System for building and maintaining a dynamic website


On Fri, 06 May 2011, George Danchev wrote:
> * writing a meaningful ITP helps to grab attention, especially if there are 
> multiple alternatives. Prove your point (ref: I'm upstream and I want to 
> maintain it, doesn't magically buy you a slot into the archive)

There's nothing to buy... only people offering to maintain packages in
Debian. But we should certainly not turn out upstream who are willing to
maintain the package in Debian.

In fact I want more upstream involved in Debian!

(Unless someone does a serious review and has enough credit to convince
many people that the software is crap and would really be a big burden)

> * writing lengthy rebuttals for well known facts from the past are quite 
> unlikely, people has more important things to do.

We're not speaking of lengthy rebuttals. I agree with Tshepang that the
answers were rather aggressive when you consider that you speak with
someone who is starting in the Debian community.

Something like this would have perfectly done the job:
"We already have many PHP CMS in the archive, what does this one offer
that the other don't? Also PHP software tends to have a bad security track
record, is ocPortal any better in that regard?"

> * recognize the fact when someone says that chances are high you are about to 
> be wasting your own time packaging $something.

Everybody is free to do what they want with their own time, so you should
certainly not say anyone that they are wasting their time. If you believe
they are, you can certainly hint at better alternatives and let people
see by themselves if they wish to spend their time differently now that
they know of a possible alternative.

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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