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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
actually relieved.

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.


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