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Re: Bug#798476: Returning to the requirement that Uploaders: contain humans

On Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:16:03 +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 03, 2017 at 06:25:46PM -0400, gregor herrmann wrote:
> > What I don't understand in the point of view of the "keep Uploaders"
> > proponents: What does this information, whether correct or not,
> > actually give others? Are they going to email or phone these persons
> > privately when emails to the BTS or the maintainer/team list are
> > ignored? And what happens if they ignore these communications as
> > well?
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?bug-rev=on;include=severity:minor;include=tags:pending;maint=pkg-perl-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org#_2_5_5
> These "Updating the <package> Uploaders list" bugs.
> When the MIA team has determined that a person is MIA,[1]
> it can send bugs informing all packages where that person
> is listed in Uploaders that the person is no longer active.

Ok, that's a good example:

So, when we (pkg-perl) get such a list of bug reports (or, which is
less work, a single mail from the MIA team about XY being inactive)
what happens is that
- we probably know that already (but it's still good to have the
  offical confirmation)
- we remove them from Uploaders in git
- nothing else changes: the package will be uploaded when there's any
  reason for it (new release, bugfix) as before when XY was still
  mentioned in Uploaders

Dropping the Uploaders field would mean that we save the work (which
can be quite tedious when we have to add the right bug numbers to the
right packages' changelog entry) without any other changes to the
maintenance of the package.


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