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Re: Report from the debconf11 sponsoring/mentors BoF.

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Hi Serafeim,

(keeping your CCs:)

On 11.09.2011 23:56, Serafeim Zanikolas wrote:
> I understand that there's two sides in this effort: debexpo plugins that
> produce additional info about certain package features, and a repository of
> sponsors' interests/preferences/requirements. Do I understand correctly that
> you implement both things within debexpo? Are DDs expected to enter their
> preferences via the debexpo web ui?

Yes. Debexpo runs certain plugins on incoming packages. Among those
several QA plugins, which for example run Lintian, or check bugs being
closed by the upload. Have a look to any given package on mentors.d.n to
get the idea.

On the other hand there are concepts and ideas to extend the mentors
platform by social network functionalities to bring together packages
with sponsors. Aside of the mentioned metrics, I am referring in
particular to Lucas' idea here [1][2]. As far as I know there are
currently no concrete plans to work on that though.

Regarding the sponsor metrics: Yes, I do expect Debian developer to file
their preferences via Debexpo web UI.

The third key concept of the mentoring process is the package review
itself. That's the part which is currently done by email on the
debian-mentors mailing list. As we mentioned in the report you are all
invited to join the current discussion going on there, how to improve
the situation by moving the discussion part to the BTS (or not).

> My idea instead was to maintain DDs' preferences via an ikiwiki instance
> (using something structured like yaml), and make the wiki data accessible to
> debexpo via a REST interface. At the end of the day, it's up to whoever will
> do the work, but it's wise to remember that geeks prefer their favourite text
> editor than a web browser.

I am not particularly thrilled by that idea. If you want to implement
that, feel free to do, but I don't see any real benefit here. Really, I
think I don't expect too much from a Debian Developer if I want him/her
to register once in Expo and fill out a form if there is some general
interest to sponsor packages. That's about two minutes of work if you
have no free text to add.

Also you should take into account, that human editable semi-structured
data is error prone and lacks validation.

> Anyhow, thanks for stepping up, and whatever your approach, please share any
> code you have with Janos and see whether/how you could work together.

Its all in our Git repository [3]. As usual I appreciate any
contribution and we certainly need more help and good ideas.

[3] http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=debexpo/debexpo.git

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