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Re: removal instead of orphaning?

On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 04:12:46PM +0200, Paul Gevers wrote:

> Today I was, once again, surprised to see how many (low popcon) orphaned
> packages we have. I believe that orphanage is a burden to our community
> in the sense that not all packages are picked up by a new maintainer and
> these packages need some QA once in a while and often don't get enough
> of that (at least most packages that I touched).

Who is this a burden for? As long as there are no RC bugs filed for the
orphaned packages, I don't see any a direct reason to remove them.
If no-one used the package, then sure, the package is really useless.
But if at least some people are using it, it has value.

> I suggest that everybody that orphans a package makes a statement in the
> wnpp bug report on why (s)he believes orphaning is better than removal.
> If people agree with my idea here, I'll suggest a change to the
> reportbug template for orphaning bugs.

I certainly won't hurt to help the old maintainer to provide some more
information about the reasons for orphaning, and about the state of the
package. But I wouldn't formulate it in a way as to suggest that removal
is better.

Met vriendelijke groet / with kind regards,
      Guus Sliepen <guus@debian.org>

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