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Re: Alioth tracker


Raphael Hertzog:
> On Tue, 24 Jun 2014, Оlе Ѕtrеісhеr wrote:
> > I thought that usually such requests should be done through an request
> > for help? (Is that valid for "pseudo packages" like a hypothetical
> > alioth one?) If the alioth admin team would openly request for help
> > (maybe on the Debian-News?), they may gain more attention for that.
> Most infrastructure teams are always looking for help, wether they send
> explicit calls for help or not. And even more so when they are not working
> properly.
Hmm. When I see 'easy' bug reports that have not been processed for a whole
year, I will not conclude "this project needs help". Instead, I see "this
project is dead", and will find some other place to host my repository and
bug tracker.

In this case, gradually transitioning people to admins probably won't work:
somebody needs to monitor the new guys+gals and give them a couple of
rights to start with … and then, after some time, a couple of more rights …
and who says that my "I want to help" request will be looked at, much less
my "I'm ready for more opportunities to cause untold damage, give them to
me" mail, next month?

Instead, get a couple of volunteers and give them full admin rights from
the start. Some will blunder their way through and some will quit after a
week, but when the shakedown is done there's at least a chance that some of
them will stay with it (and not break things too badly).

-- Matthias Urlichs

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