Re: Four days
On Sat, 9 Oct 2010, Kevin Lamonte wrote:
On Oct 5, 2010, at 2:40 PM, Don Armstrong wrote:
We probably should do a better job of identifying these packages and
responding to the RFS to tell people that it's of questionable
importance (or clearly no importance) and then channeling them into
assistance to Debian that is of greater importance. [It's also
difficult to break it to people that the work that they've done
probably isn't needed and keep them positive about contributing to the
project... though I think the sooner this happens, the less painful it
Could this be done as a direct response to the initial ITP bug submission?
Proposal: No RFS can be submitted to the mailing list unless the ITP is at
least 14 days old and has a "sniff check" response, which can be either a
pointer to the appropriate packaging team or a "first pass approval" from a
DD. "First pass approval" having the meaning "I think this might be
interesting to some users, it doesn't obviously appear to duplicate an
existing package, and it seems to fit into the general idea of Debian", i.e.
it's permission to do the free-for-all of searching for a sponsor that
mentees already do now. The win for the mentees is that they can get in
touch with the packaging team best suited to help them (if it exists), the
win for the potential sponsors is fewer RFS for questionable/useless packages
to wade through, and the win all around is that the meta-level questions of
"how does this fit into the bigger picture" are answered early on before
mentees have committed lots of hours creating something that no one appears
to be interested in sponsoring.
If the ITP process is already supposed to be doing this, perhaps some
attention should be focused on making that happen better?
I'm hesitant to add more hard restrictions to a process that already has
lots of points of stressful uncertainty.
On the other hand, I see how your idea is actually about creating less
stress, since it clarifies expectations.
I'm swamped just sticking to the "Four days" thing so far, so count me out
of further process changes for the moment.