Re: Hijacking^W^W^W^W^W^WSalvaging packages for fun and profit: A proposal
Stefano Zacchiroli writes ("Re: Hijacking^W^W^W^W^W^WSalvaging packages for fun and profit: A proposal"):
> I just meant that if we encourage to post seconds (which are in fact
> just a form of review of the intention to orphan) on a list such as -qa
> (which is more specific-purpose than, say, -devel), we might end up
> attracting there people who have an interest in doing this sort of
> package quality review. That sounds like a useful side-effect to me. But
> I'm still unsure about the benefits of the seconds principle, though.
It seems to me that when salvaging works well, the existing maintainer
is probably at least semi-active but is embarrassed about the
package or somehow otherwise blocked from working on it.
A successful salvage is then a quiet operation where we take this
burden from the maintainer and they don't have to feel too bad about
it. Hopefully the maintainer, after a few months at least, will be
I don't think seconding fits well into this. It would encourage
dogpiles and noise. If it achieves anything it will be to make the
maintainer feel worse and perhaps make them stubborn.