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Re: [SUMMARY/PROPOSAL] Orphaning another maintainer's packages

On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:27:43AM +0200, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> The following aims at being written in a form suitable for inclusion in 
> developers-reference.

Thanks for this summary ... and patch then!

> The NMU procedure (described in developers-reference section 5.11)
> enables other contributors to fix severe problems when a maintainer is
> unavailable,


NMUs can be used for bugs of various severities, it is just the
recommended DELAYED/XX uploads that change. Aside from that, we
shouldn't bind the wording of this recommended procedure to other
recommendation in DevRef, unless we need to. I think removing "severe"
from the above makes the text more neutral in that respect.

> 1. Someone opens an ITO (Intent to Orphan) bug against the package whose 
>    Relevant information include: release critical bugs, whether
>    the package blocks progress elsewhere in Debian, history of NMUs,
>    lack of any recent activity on that package by the maintainer, public
>    comments of the maintainer showing a lack of intesting in the package, 
                                          typo? did you mean "interest"?

> 4. When/if consensus has been reached, the package can be orphaned by
>    retitling and reassigning the ITO bug accordingly.

I fear a bit the situation "nobody care enough to comment", being
interpreted as lack of consensus. But I do think in that case we should
_eventually_ allow the orphaning to happen (after all 1/0 > 3/1 ACK/NACK
Any suggestion on how to word that properly, without adding yet another
timeout rule carved in stone?

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